Attention drawn to drone over East Harlem explosion - New York News

Attention drawn to drone over East Harlem explosion

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Some of the more detailed footage taken of the blast site in the wake of the deadly gas leak explosion in East Harlem was taken by a commercial drone manned by a man from New Jersey.

Brian Wilson, 45, a business systems specialist shot several hours of aerial video using a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter.

The unmanned flying vehicle comes equipped with a video camera.

"The technology really has come a long way. It stays up about 25-30 minutes. I use it to document lots of things including real estate, events, cycling, weddings," said Wilson who used extra battery packs to keep flying it over the blast site.

Through a friend in the advertising industry, Wilson made the video available to media outlets and the clips went viral.

The drone, which costs approximately $1,200, got lots of attention from people at the scene, too, including law enforcement.

“They saw me numerous times. One or two of them came over to look at the footage," said Wilson who was eventually asked to land the drone.

The unmanned aerial vehicle did not impede the work of firefighters or emergency crews at the scene.

"They just wanted to have less chaos there," added Wilson.

While there are no direct guidelines restricting the use of a small, commercial drone, Wilson says it takes practice especially knowing how to handle it in different environments.

"This was the first and hopefully last time filming a disaster," said Wilson.
  • Today on Good DayToday on Good DayMore>>

  • Wedding gown found 2 years after storm

    Wedding gown found 2 years after storm

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:38:59 GMT
    Two years ago, Nicole Pagliaro of Staten Island dropped off her wedding gown to be cleaned and preserved at a local dry cleaner when superstorm Sandy hit. The store was destroyed and Pagliaro assumed so had been her dress.  As her wedding anniversary approached, Pagliaro and her husband drove by another dry cleaner in town and saw the gown in the store's window. “I held on to the ticket because this was my only connection to my wedding dress,” said Pagliaro.
    Two years ago, Nicole Pagliaro of Staten Island dropped off her wedding gown to be cleaned and preserved at a local dry cleaner when superstorm Sandy hit. The store was destroyed and Pagliaro assumed so had been her dress.  As her wedding anniversary approached, Pagliaro and her husband drove by another dry cleaner in town and saw the gown in the store's window. “I held on to the ticket because this was my only connection to my wedding dress,” said Pagliaro.
  • Lassie, saving lives 10 generations later

    Lassie, saving lives 10 generations later

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:26:18 GMT
    Ten generations after the beloved, original TV collie Lassie hit the airwaves, a descendant, also named Lassie, is promoting a rescue mission. The collie is saving lives as an ambassador for “Save Them All” and encouraging adoptions to save lives of shelter animals through the Best Friends Animal Society.
    Ten generations after the beloved, original TV collie Lassie hit the airwaves, a descendant, also named Lassie, is promoting a rescue mission. The collie is saving lives as an ambassador for “Save Them All” and encouraging adoptions to save lives of shelter animals through the Best Friends Animal Society.
  • Former Nixon counsel changes perspective on Watergate

    Former Nixon counsel changes perspective on Watergate

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:09:29 GMT
    In his early 30s, John W. Dean was White House counsel for the Nixon administration. As the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation approaches, Dean has released his findings of about 1,000 recorded phone conversations Nixon had in the time leading up to his downfall as President of the United States."What I tried to do was piece together a day-by-day picture of how Nixon got into the mess he got into,” said Dean.
    In his early 30s, John W. Dean was White House counsel for the Nixon administration. As the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation approaches, Dean has released his findings of about 1,000 recorded phone conversations Nixon had in the time leading up to his downfall as President of the United States. "What I tried to do was piece together a day-by-day picture of how Nixon got into the mess he got into,” said Dean.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices