WASHINGTON. — A Washington man faces federal charges after crashing a drone near the White House in the nation’s capital early yesterday, federal authorities said.
Howard Solomon landed the drone illegally around 1:20am local time, across the street from the White House South Lawn outside the security gates, after launching it from the Washington Monument, US Park Police spokeswoman Sergeant Anna Rose said.
US Secret Service agents spotted the drone while it was in flight, police said.
Solomon was issued a criminal citation for illegally operating a drone, but was not arrested, Park Police said, adding he posed no threat.
He was charged under a federal law that prohibits the flying of unmanned aircraft, more commonly called drones, in the heavily regulated zone round Washington, DC police said.
Launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircrafts is prohibited in all areas administered by the National Park Service. — Reuters.