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California turns to jamming tech to disable pesky drones

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Legislators in California are considering jamming technology to disable drones that interfere with firefighting work even though federal regulations prohibit its use.

A pair of bills introduced this week in the California legislature call for jail time and stiffer fines for misuse of drones, as well as allowing first responders to damage or disrupt drones that get in the way of their work.

The legislation, proposed by Senator Ted Gaines and Assemblyman Mike Gatto, follows an incident in which drones interfered with firefighting operations recently in the Los Angeles region. The presence of unmanned aerial vehicles posed a hazard and briefly prevented the deployment of helicopters carrying water to douse the blaze.

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