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Flamethrower Drone Is Put Into Action

'Now we don't have to worry about being stung'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2020 9:30 AM CST

(Newser) – A drone has been converted into a flying flamethrower in central China in a fiery campaign to eradicate more than 100 wasp nests, the AP reports. Blue Sky Rescue, a volunteer group that conducts search and rescue and other emergency work, have teamed up with villagers in Zhong county near the city of Chongqing. They raised the equivalent of $12,200 to buy a drone and equip it with a gasoline tank and an arm-length nozzle. Videos released by Blue Sky show a recent mission by the six-arm drone. It hovers above a hive as large as a suitcase before swooping down. The drone operator flips the ignition switch, and the drone spits bursts of fire onto the hive.

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"The burning ashes of the wasp's nest gradually peeled off and fell, and the surrounding residents applauded and praised the rescue team," said an article on a local news app run by state-owned Chongqing TV. The article quotes a resident thanking Blue Sky for helping the village: "Now we don't have to worry about being stung by a wasp." Blue Sky said it has destroyed 11 hives so far. There are more than 100 to go. (Meanwhile, the battle against "murder hornets" has taken a turn.)

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