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FAA bans drone flights near major U.S. landmarks; Grand Coulee Dam included

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017

This June 1, 2011 file photo shows Grand Coulee Dam, the nation's largest dam, on the Columbia River in Washington state. (Nicholas K. Geranios / AP)
This June 1, 2011 file photo shows Grand Coulee Dam, the nation's largest dam, on the Columbia River in Washington state. (Nicholas K. Geranios / AP)
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NEW YORK – The Federal Aviation Administration is banning drone flights within 400 feet of several national landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

The FAA announced the no-fly drone zones at 10 Department of the Interior sites on Thursday. They take effect Oct. 5.

The restricted sites also include Boston National Historical Park, Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louise, Missouri.

Five dams also are on the list: Nevada’s Hoover Dam, Shasta and Folsom Dams in California, Arizona’s Glen Canyon Dam and Washington’s Grand Coulee Dam.

Drone violators may face civil penalties and criminal charges.

The FAA said the new restrictions came at the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies.

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