Drones capture new view of 4th of July fireworks – Chicago Tribune


Among the starbursts, strobes and other pyrotechnics of an Independence Day fireworks show, a new illumination can increasingly be spotted in the sky — the blinking red light of a drone as it captures spectacular footage from a bird’s eye view.

Fireworks drone videos have become a Fourth of July tradition as commonplace as backyard barbecues and three-legged races. YouTube is replete with dazzling footage as drones soar above, alongside or even through the fiery bursts.

“My whole life I’ve dreamed about what fireworks look like from the other side,” said Jesse Strote, 33, who filmed Lockport’s Monday night show from 400 feet above the ground. “We’re programmed to look up at fireworks. This was my first opportunity to get a different vantage point … to see something I’ve never been able to see before.”

The footage can be stunning and incredibly popular — one video shot in the middle of an unnamed city’s display has amassed more than 15 million views on YouTube— but like so much with drones, the rules governing this genre of filmmaking are nebulous.