Residents threaten to shoot down Amazon delivery drones in California ranch town

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Residents of the quiet ranch town of Lockeford, California, were surprised to learn last week their area would be one of a select few locations around the country testing Amazon’s much-heralded drone delivery service.

The company approached leaders in San Joaquin County, about 40 miles southeast of Sacramento, about six months ago, The Washington Post reports, but many residents were unaware they could soon have Amazon drones buzzing overhead.

“They’re invading our privacy,” Tim Blighton, a cement contractor, told the Post. He once threatened to shoot down a neighbours drone that flew over his house, and he doesn’t have warm feelings towards Amazon’s drone plans either.

“I’m not an Amazon guy,” he added. “I think they’re going to wreck everything for us.”

Others in the area worry drones could spook livestock.

The Independent has reached out to Amazon and county officials for comment.

"Lockeford residents will play an important role in defining the future," Amazon said in a statement when it announced the test programme in Lockeford. "Their feedback about Prime Air, with drones delivering packages in their backyards, will help us create a service that will safely scale to meet the needs of customers everywhere."

The drone delivery programme in the area is still getting the required building and business permits, and will undergo an environmental review by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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