Watch: amazing view of fireworks from a drone

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Watch: amazing view of fireworks from a drone

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by Cassidy Quinn, KGW Staff

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Posted on July 7, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 8:46 AM

We've all watched fireworks shows, looking up at the sky. But have you ever seen fireworks like this?

On the 4th of July, Robert Hartline watched the Nashville, Tennessee fireworks on land, but he sent his drone into the air to get a better view over the Cumberland River.

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It's 17 minutes of amazing firework footage like you've never seen before. At 4:40 into the video, you can see the drone fly straight into the fireworks (and amazingly not get hit!).

Since drone videos have been becoming so popular recently, there has been a lot of debate as to what's legal. So naturally, flying drones into a sky full of explosives raises some questions as to whether it's legal, and whether it's safe.

If the drone had been hit by a firework mid-air, the drone could have changed directions, sending debris into the crowd below.

But Hartline claims his stunt was totally legal, and WBIR in Knoxville says Tennessee law agrees.

"Tennessee only limits drone use for law enforcement, and the Federal Aviation Administration only regulates altitude for non-commercial drones."

So no drones were harmed in the making of this video, but apparently, the battery did die before the finale, which makes us a little bit sad.

Apparently, this whole flying-drones-into-fireworks thing is becoming pretty popular. Another video from Jos Stiglingh in West Palm Beach, Florida flying a drone through fireworks in May has also gone viral, with more than 6 million views as of Monday morning.

Reading the YouTube comments on both videos shows that some people love this idea, and some people think it's just plain reckless.

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