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Somewhat surprisingly, the drone that crashed into the White House grounds earlier this week was being operated by an employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a military intelligence unit that provides maps and data for U.S. law enforcement and national security operations. (Less surprisingly, it was being flown in the middle of the night by someone who’d been drinking.)
In the spirit of the mission of the NGA, we at Washington City Paper offer this handy map detailing where you really, really don’t want to crash your drone in the District. Flying a drone anywhere in D.C. or its immediate area is illegal, so it’s a bad idea no matter what. But simply taking your quadcopter out for a spin in your back alley probably won’t land you on cable news. Crashing a drone into one of these locations, on the other hand, probably will. And remember, you can trust City Paper for all your drone-related service-journalism needs.
Correction: This post initially omitted the hyphen between Geospatial and Intelligence in the agency’s name, and also abbreviated it incorrectly.