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FAA OKs Michigan State Police Aerial Drone Use

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The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Michigan State Police permission to fly a drone anywhere in the state for law enforcement purposes.

The FAA gave the greenlight after a two-day visit to Michigan last month to review the program and safety procedures.

"We actually did our first mission last week when we flew over a fire scene in Ottawa County," said 1st Lt. Chris Bush, commander of field support and aviation for the State Police.

Bush said the pilots used an infrared camera to locate hotspots in the area. It turned into a learning experience for the pilots, who navigated a neighborhood, dodging powerlines and other hazards.

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