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Jet packs banned in So. Calif.

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A city in Southern California has placed a six-month moratorium on new jet pack flight businesses until it can create some safety guidelines for them to operate under.


The temporary ban, which began in late June, came following concerns expressed in a staff report in Newport Beach about noise, injuries, wakes and a possible proliferation of the water-propelled devices, according to a story in the Orange County Register.


One company already operates in the area, but the city has received interest from two others.


In May, Jetlev Southwest LLC, which operates in the harbor as Jetpack America, settled a lawsuit for $100,000, attorney Eric Traut told the newspaper. His client, David McManus, suffered a concussion and other injuries while flying one of the company’s jet packs in August 2012.


Company owner Dean O’Malley said Jetpack America operates safely, and his company welcomes a discussion to make jet packs better neighbors, the newspaper reported.

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