Drone removed from Seattle powerlines

Ted Land reports

Seattle City Light crews on Saturday removed a drone stuck in power lines in the Eastlake neighborhood.

The remote-controlled aircraft got stuck on the line near Fairview Avenue and Roanoke on Eastlake last Sunday.

"To put it in simple terms - this is like the I-5 of the power industry," said Scott Thompson with Seattle City Light.

Neighbors started hearing an unnerving sputtering, buzzing noise overhead last weekend. Since then, Seattle City Light had been planning how to get the thing down.

"Consider this a no-fly zone because it's not safe for you, it's not safe for the people who are around you," said Thompson.

Crews de-energized the line, then attached a carriage and used it to travel out on the wire to remove the drone.

Thompson said the incident cost between $30,000-$35,000.

The drone was taken by the Seattle Police Department, which is investigating the incident.


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