With fireworks festivals occurring almost every weekend in Japan throughout the summer, organizers of these events are urging owners of drones not to fly them anywhere the displays.
The Sumida River Fireworks festival takes place in Tokyo on Saturday night with more than 20,000 fireworks scheduled to be let off. Last year, an estimated 1 million people lined the banks of the Sumida River.
Organizers and police officials are concerned at what might happen if a drone is hit by fireworks or just gets blown off course by wind and crashes into spectators.
The organizing committee for the Sumida fireworks display said they are asking people to refrain from using drones on their website and by handing out flyers, NHK reported Friday.
Other major fireworks festivals scheduled for the Kanto region are the Edogawa Fireworks Festival (Aug 1), Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Competition (Aug 4), Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival (Aug 8) and Jingumae Fireworks Festival (Aug 11).
Drones have already been banned at various cultural festivals and events. In May, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government banned drones in 81 public parks and gardens by including them in an ordinance that prohibits the use of remote-controlled aircraft in parks and gardens.
Last month, legislation was enacted in the Diet to ban the flying of drones near the imperial palace, the Diet, the prime minister's office, Supreme Court, foreign embassies and other facilities. Air space within 300 meters of such buildings is now considered a no-fly zone.© Japan Today