- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have seized a drone and are looking for its operator after the device interfered with authorities fighting a small brush fire burning alongside a freeway.

LAPD Officer Tony Im says a helicopter couldn’t drop water on the fire Wednesday for fear of a possible collision with the drone.

The fire burned along State Route 134 in the Eagle Rock area and was contained in less than an hour.

Images posted on social media show the small white drone flying just beneath a firefighting helicopter.

Im says police were able to seize the drone after seeing it land but haven’t found whoever was flying it. He says the operator could face a charge of unauthorized use of a model aircraft.

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