BEIJING (AP) – A drone has been converted to a flamethrower flying in central China as part of a fiery campaign to eradicate more than 100 wasp nests.
Blue Sky Rescue, a group of volunteers carrying out search and rescue and other emergency work, partnered with villagers in Zhong County near Chongqing City.
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They raised 80,000 yuan ($ 12,200) to buy a drone and equip it with a gas tank and a nozzle at arm’s length.
Videos posted by Blue Sky show a recent six-armed drone mission. It hovers above a beehive the size of a suitcase before crashing down. The drone operator flips the ignition switch and the drone spits bursts of fire at the beehive.
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“The burning ashes from the wasp nest gradually peeled off and fell, and the locals applauded and praised the rescue team,” said a report on a local news app operated by Chongqing Public Television.
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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 beehives to date. There are over 100 to walk through.
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