An important reminder to all drone users seeking July 4 footage … Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is in the FAA “no fly zone” given the proximity to the Hilton Head Island airport. Thus, flying a drone around or through a fireworks show is not only illegal, but also a potential felony offense.
There is a great deal of coordination and a variety of safety concerns involved in producing the weekly fireworks show at Shelter Cove.
Unfortunately, there has been a recent onset of drone flights at shows, including two earlier this week. It is the policy of Falcon Fireworks to stop its fireworks shows immediately when this occurs.
Comments from Brent Fisher of Falcon Fireworks, who will be producing the July 4 Fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina:
“We have adopted the policy of not allowing drones at our shows because there is no way we want to take a chance with the safety of the show, our operators, spectators or the public. If a drone somehow interfered with the direction of a firework, it could be devastating! The only way we can ensure the safety of the site and spectators is to cease firing and stop the show as soon as we see a drone on the ground or in the air.”
The July 4th and all other HarbourFest fireworks show are produced by new partner Falcon Fireworks, a 25-year-old pyrotechnics company based near Savannah, Ga. Falcon Fireworks has produced many pyrotechnic shows up and down the East Coast — including more than 40 shows on July 4th alone. They have upgraded the HarbourFest show, making the fireworks more visible and incorporating a variety of unique firing techniques with an increased quality and quantity of shells.