Drone light show fails in the middle of a performance in China. Drones dropped out of the sky during a failed light show, causing terror among the audience.
Over the last several years, China has become engulfed in a drone light display frenzy. Expensive drone performances frequently commission as part of promotional campaigns by government agencies, enterprises, and tourist sites.
Some of the drone light shows, however, have gone horribly wrong.
Drones began falling from the sky in the middle of performance above a mall in Zhengzhou’s center city on Friday. Thereby, striking structures and vehicles on the ground.
Hundreds of drones can be seen creating the name of the shopping complex in videos provided by local media before dozens of them went dark and crashed. As they rushed away from the devices, spectators were heard saying “be careful” and “back off.”
5,000 people, many of them youngsters, were watching the show when everything went awry, according to a witness called Wang who spoke to local channel Henan TV. People had to flee with their hands on their heads, he claimed.
A 20-year-old show resident who only revealed his surname Li described the scene to VICE News as chaotic.
Look at the video of the failed drone light show
“More and more drones came off,” Li said. “Some flew very far away, and some hit the trees.” He said staff members let people seek refuge inside the mall and picked up the drones from the floor.
Li said he would still watch drone shows in the future. “They are still quite impressive,” he says. “But I will keep a safe distance.”
The specific cause of the accident is unknown. The fall may be a cause of “operation errors,” according to an organizer. Although no injuries have been reported.
Several additional mishaps have been reported at drone displays across China. During a test run in the southwestern city of Chongqing in January, a group of drones crashed onto a building and then fell off.
Last May, 17 drones crashed during a holiday performance in Chengdu, China’s southwestern city. After their proposal to perform was rejected, police discovered that employees from another drone firm had caused the crash with drone jammers.