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Secret Service to conduct drone exercises over Washington

February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says it will fly drones over the Washington area in the near future.

The agency isn’t disclosing exactly where the exercises will take place other than that they’ll involve areas where flights are typically restricted. Airspace above the White House, the U.S. Capitol and other sensitive sites in Washington is heavily restricted.

The Secret Service says the exercises have been carefully planned and coordinated with other government agencies, and will be “tightly controlled.”

The reason for the exercises isn’t clear. But they come amid heightened scrutiny about the security risks posed by drones. Last month, a government employee who was flying a drone recreationally crashed it into the White House grounds accidentally.

The Obama administration recently proposed long-awaited rules for flying commercial drones in U.S. skies.

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