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Drones Flying Near Super Bowl May Be Shot Down

Officials are warning fans that any drone flying within 32 miles of the Super Bowl at California’s Levis Stadium Feb. 7 may be shot down.

“With so many drones being sold for recreational use, we want to do everything we can to get the word out that the game is a No Drone Zone,” said Federal Aviation Administration administrator Michael Huerta. “We’re working closely with our safety and security partners to spread this message as widely as possible.”

Authorities say F-15 fighter jets will be prepared to shoot down any unmanned aircraft flying in the no-go zone. Dogs trained to hear the sound of helicopters will accompany officers to also detect drones.

Officials explain the drone policy is a part of the greater effort to ensure security is tight at the game.

While the Super Bowl's stance towards drones is not a new one this year, security is especially more of a concern than usual.

“In light of world events, we are particularly keen to make sure that all the events in the region are safely held and should something happen we are be able to respond quickly,” said Tatum King, the Department of Homeland Security federal coordinator, KTIC reports.

About 60 security agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service and Coast Guard, will be involved in the Super Bowl’s security efforts.

They will work together to scan car registration plates, monitor cell phones, implement facial recognition software and more to identify suspicious activity.

In addition, sharp shooters will be placed on roofs surrounding the stadium, while police K-9 units will be on sidewalks.

The agency recently released a 20-second video on YouTube announcing the warning. The video states, "bring your lucky jersey, bring your face paint, bring your team spirit, but leave your drone at home,” the video advises. “Be a responsible pilot and make the game safe for all of us. The stadium is a “no drone zone.”

The Super Bowl will see the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos. Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars will perform at the halftime show.

Sources: The Daily Mail, KTIC Radio, and YouTube / Photo Credit: The Dallas Morning News

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