Drone pilot discovers 'river of blood' in Texas



Drone pilot discovers `river of blood` in Texas Chicago: A drone enthusiast testing out his airborne camera discovered a river of blood behind a Texas meatpacking plant, prompting outrage and investigations by local authorities.

"We were very concerned with the fact that this discharge was going into the creek which is going into one of our treasures -- the Trinity River," Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said.

"People should be able to use it as a fun and recreational area. You don't want to see it impacted by any kind of discharge."

Especially not pig blood. "I was looking at images after the flight that showed a blood red creek and was thinking, could this really be what I think it is? Can you really do that, surely not? " the drone operator told sUAS News -- an online magazine for small unmanned aerial system enthusiasts.

"Whatever it is, it was flat out gross." The plant operator has said that the spill was caused by a clogged pipe, Thompson said. But it's not clear whether the pipes leading into the creek were legal.

A spokesman for the city of Dallas's attorney -- who has reportedly filed charges in the case -- did not return a request for comment.

PTI