IN PICTURES: 15 current and future uses for drones

For a world already on edge about NSA spying, drone technology is just another reason to keep looking over our shoulders.

Fighting fire with... water In 2011, Grand Junction, Colorado's Presbyterian church suffered a devastating fire that caused extensive structural damage. When a firefighter fell through a wooden floor while battling the smoldering remains of the blaze officials pulled remaining fire crews out of the church and called for drone support. The local sheriff department used aDraganflyer X6 UAV VTOL helicopter-style drone outfitted with thermal infrared camera to pinpoint hot spots to soak with water.

The image shows the Draganflyer X6 and the Presbyterian Church that burned. For a complete list of all law enforcement agencies that have been approved by the FAA to use drones, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a complete list.

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