(Bloomberg) – At a recent apartment blaze in Oakland,California, a sheriff deputy directing firefighters with adrone-mounted video camera encountered a new hazard: a civilianquad copter that buzzed onto the scene.

"It's happened twice in the past few months," said AlamedaCounty Deputy Sheriff Richard Hassna, the department's chief pilotwho was using the device. "We're overhead at the scene of a firerelaying information to the command agency and a hobbyist fliesright below us and parks."

Need for 'orderly skies'

Such intrusions — along with fears of drones being used by terrorists— have law enforcement urging that millions ofcivilian drones be outfitted with radio-tracking devices so theycan be identified. The idea is also backed by large commercialusers including Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. that want orderlyskies in which to operate fleets of flying robots fordeliveries.

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