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No NYPD drone on New Year’s Eve in New York because of rain

As we reported last year, the NYPD had planned to use a tethered drone to help keep everybody safe during the famous ball drop at Times Square in New York during the New Year’s Eve celebrations. However, the rain, unfortunately, put a halt to those plans and no NYPD drone was deployed.

Rain halted the NYPD’s plans to use a drone on New Year’s Eve

The rain stopped the plans of the NYPD to use a tethered drone to help keep people safe on New Year’s Eve in New York City. It would have been the first time that the NYPD would have used a drone during the festivities.

According to an article in the NY Post, police chief Terence Monahan said that no NYPD drone could not safely be deployed because of heavy rain and wind.

The NY police force had planned to use the drone in combination with thousands of uniformed and plain-clothed police officers on the streets as well as other security measures. Over one million people celebrated New Year’s Eve in Manhattan and the celebrations took place without a hitch.

Instead of using the drone, the NYPD used helicopters to keep an eye on the festivities on the ground.

The NYPD did use ‘counter-drone technology in case anybody would try to fly a drone over the celebrating crowds in Times Square.


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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo