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Man Straps Fireworks To Drone, Attacks Neighbours -- But It Might Be A Hoax

By Josh Butler and Victoria Quested

Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2019 2:46 AM , updated Friday, January 17, 2020 1:25 AM

When people talk about the potential dangers of drone technology, this isn't usually what they have in mind.

A video of a drone shooting fireworks in Brazil has gone viral worldwide, but local news outlets are reporting it was a stunt from an Instagram star.

The story was initially reported as a man getting annoyed at his neighbours for throwing a loud party and taking action by strapping fireworks to a drone.

Video of the incident -- said to have been captured in Brazil -- shows a small drone hovering above the street, shooting red bursts of fireworks as people run out of the firing line.

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But Brazilian media outlets are now saying western reporting of the story is "fake news". The video appears to have first been posted on the Instagram profile of Lucas Albert, a Brazilian social media personality with two million followers, on Sunday.

"My friends did a barbecue on the street and they did not invite me look at what I did with them," a translated version of the video caption, originally written in Portuguese, reads.

However, Brazilian media outlets are reporting that the video was a social stunt.

"Lucas's press office told Extra News that the video was nothing more than a joke among friends," an outlet reported.

Another newspaper, Jornal de Brasilia, reported "the owner of the joke is a famous Instagram influencer."

On his Instagram story on Tuesday, Albert himself posted a series of clips in Portuguese, with one caption reading "it was fake news" and another saying "they're just jokes with my friends."

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The law has had to adapt quickly to address drone technology, as units get cheaper and more accessible to the everyday consumer.

This month, Australian laws kick in requiring owners of recreational drones to register their little aircraft and acquire a "flyer's licence".

The national registration and accreditation scheme, run by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, was introduced in a bid to keep a closer eye on the increasingly popular activity.

CASA estimates there are close to 100,000 drones in Australia, but the number is impossible to pin down without an official registry.

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