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Residents concerned about drones hovering over their homes

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UNION, KY (FOX19) -

It's not a bird or a plane, it's a drone, and lately several have been hovering over the Hempstead Manor neighborhood in Union, KY.

Several residents are growing concerned about who is watching them.

"Last night driving home from dinner I noticed it. It was about 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. I look up in the sky and there were seven or eight drones," said Dewey Gripshover.

While the FAA has regulations on registering a drone and flying it below 400 feet, anyone in Kentucky can own one. That is what has Gripshover concerned about is who is keeping extra tabs on him.

"The cameras on them are getting better and better on them. I just don't know who's capturing the film," he said. 

The drones haven't only been flying over his home. Children in the neighborhood have also noticed them on the playground.

"Sometimes if I'm continuously walking away from it, it might follow me," said Makayla Bell.

The 13-year-old said she has seen it almost every day in the park for the past few months while she's out playing with her friends.

"It was weird I didn't know what the drone was doing and didn't know if it was taping us," she said. 

Her father Daryl Mason said a lot of kids in the neighborhood own drones, including his son, but not knowing who's on the other end of them makes him uneasy.

"That does give me concern because I would like to know who's watching my child or taking pictures or anything like that that is kind of scary," he said. 

He along with several other parents said they will be keeping an extra eye on  the sky.

"I just think people need to be more careful and watch your child or if the adult is flying the drone they need to be out in the open so people know who's flying it," Mason said. 

Some of the residents said they would like to see some regulations on flying drones in residential neighborhoods.

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