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Dry Conditions, a Breeze and a Drone Crash Start Fire in California Park
A Novadem NX 110 drone flies during a presentaion at a firefighter rescue centre in Les Pennes-Mirabeau, southern France, on August 28, 2014. The Novadem NX 110 drone will be used as a surveillance drone by the firefighters in the Bouches-du-Rhone region to survey wildfires, floodings and rescue operations. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Dry Conditions, a Breeze and a Drone Crash Start Fire in California Park

"Just went out of control."

A hobbyist drone crash landed in a Sunnyvale, California, park Wednesday morning, sparking a grass fire.

The fire spread over a single acre and, according to KPIX-TV, was extinguished by the local fire department within 20 minutes of it starting.

Capt. Jeffrey Hunter with the city's public safety department told the news station dry conditions and a breeze allowed the fire to start and spread, likely caused by heat from the device itself or its battery.

Across the country, a separate but similar incident in East Hampton, New York, this week resulted in a drone-caused sidewalk fire.

According to the Sag Harbor Express, photographer Paul Callahan was taking aerial photos of a local condominium building Tuesday when the device "just went out of control," he said.

The drone hit a boy in the leg, though he was not seriously injured, and caused some minor damage to a variety store. The destroyed drone was extinguished by firefighters.

Callahan told the Express, which noted another drone mishap of his involving a sailboat, that his career as a drone pilot was over.

This story has been updated to correct a typo.

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