So in addition to the annual fireworks tonight, we also had one person flying a UAV, presumably to photograph
the display. Whatever it was, either it had a nice stabilization system, or a good pilot or both. It was probably
about 300 feet up, and just about rock-steady in place the whole show until his battery died. When it
came down, the operator was about 1/4 of a block away.
There was also some goof with a green laser who would illuminate the smoke clouds after smaller illegal
fireworks before the big display. This guy was playing with fire, as at one point ORD was turning departures directly
overhead, definitely through the range of his laser. I 1/2 expected to actually witness a plane being lit up, but thankfully
it appeared to not have happened.
The is a very busy area aviation-wise with ORD to the East and a smaller airport less then 6 miles to the West - not the kind of place to be playing
games with UAVs or lasers.