Hartline says what he did was completely safe and never threatened the safety of anyone at the fireworks festival.
When asked about the incident, an FAA spokesperson sent the following statement to News 2:
“The FAA is looking into multiple incidents in which unmanned aircraft flew into fireworks displays to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions. Flying model aircraft for hobby or recreational reasons does not require FAA approval, but hobbyists must operate according to criteria under the law. Certificates of Waiver or Authorization are available to public entities that want to fly a UAS in civil airspace. Commercial operations are authorized on a case-by-case basis.”