Prepare to be stunned. We're seeing more and more drones being sent into the skies and capturing never-before-seen footage. This holiday weekend resulted in a bird's-eye view of colors bursting in air, providing us with beautiful pictures.
A camera-mounted drone flying above downtown Nashville, Tenn., captured the spectacular view of the fireworks in celebration of America's birthday. The $1,300 device, provided by local businessman Robert Hartline, also took in the city skyline and river backdrop.
This isn't the first time we've seen the rocket flares up-close and personal. In May, Jos Stiglingh took us on an aerial journey through the fireworks show in West Palm Beach, Fla. GoPro shared the video, which has been viewed 6.5 million times. The video of the fireworks show is set to an Andrea Bocelli aria — and the performance is dramatic to say the least.
The stunts are stirring controversy, too. Online comments on both videos discuss irresponsibility and recklessness. Some viewers were also concerned about the safety and legality of unmanned aerial vehicles. One expert tells Forbes the rise of consumer drones may pose a risk while skirting laws.
For Hartline, the stunt certainly created some buzz for his business ventures. Unfortunately for viewers, his drone reportedly ran out of battery before the fireworks' grand finale.
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