The small Blue Ridge Mountains town of The Plains in northern Virginia is in the middle of horse country and hosts a Gold Cup steeplechase race that draws 50,000 spectators every May and a corn maze brings visitors each autumn, but the residents don’t take kindly to noisy snooping – especially when it is done from overhead.

Jennifer Youngman, 65, made that abundantly clear when she took aim at a drone that hovered over her land.

“I blasted it to smithereens,” Youngman, who is skilled at skeet and grew up hunting and fishing, told reporters.

Although the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office said it had no record of complaints about a drone, Youngman said it interrupted the peace and quiet of a Sunday afternoon when she was sitting on her porch, “minding my business, working on my shotgun and the next thing I know I hear “bzzzzz.””

Youngman said the drone was 25 or 30 feet above trees on her land when she took the shot, which attracted two men she had seen earlier.

I told them, “The police are on their way and you need to leave. They got in their fancy ostentatious car –I don’t know if it was a Range Rover or a Hummer – and left.”

No one has questioned Youngman’s story, but it has not yet been confirmed as she claims to have recycled the drone.

The legal system has not yet caught up with the issues of privacy, trespass and aerial rights raised by private operation of inexpensive drones, but the right of a property owner to “defend” their home up to at least 83 feet above the land has been established since the 1940s.

Youngman said she was also bothered by what she saw as an attempt to spy on her neighbor, Duvall.

“The man is a national treasure and they should leave him the f*** alone.”



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