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N.Y. firefighters turn hoses on rubbernecking drone

John Thompson said firefighters turned their hoses on his drone while he was filming a house fire in Montgomery.
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   June 9, 2015 at 10:17 AM

MONTGOMERY, N.Y., June 9 (UPI) -- An upstate New York man using his aerial drone to take video of a house fire said firefighters intentionally turned their hose on his $2,200 device.

John Thompson, who posted his footage to YouTube, said he was using his drone to capture video of the fire in Montgomery, part of the Coldenham fire district, when firefighters took notice of his device.

Thompson's video shows the firefighters turn their hoses on the drone at the 12-minute mark and again at about 12:50.

Thompson said in a Facebook post the drone was damaged by the water spray and he intends to bill the fire department, which he accused of misconduct.

"They need to take on more responsibility and worry about their job instead of worrying about what's out there around them because there's cameras all over the world," Thompson told News12.

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