Jetpacks Grounded For Six Months In Newport Harbor
NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The city of Newport Beach has temporarily grounded the use of jetpacks after residents complained about noise and possible injuries.
KNX 1070′s Mike Landa reports the City Council has approved a six-month moratorium on the devices that takes effect immediately.
Under terms of the moratorium approved Tuesday, Jetpack America and other jetpack flight companies won’t be able to obtain permits to operate in the Newport Beach harbor for the next six months, according to Associated Press. One existing company can continue operations.
City Councilman Keith Curry told reporters move will give the city time to develop safety regulations for jetpacks, which are typically worn like backpacks and use pressurized water to lift users upward.
Attorney Eric Traut says one of his clients was injured in March on a Jetpack America ride in Newport Harbor.
“The jetpack itself slammed into the back of his head when he hit the water and almost knocked him out cold,” Traut said.
The ride’s operator later paid $100,000 to settle a lawsuit over the injury.
The owner of Jetpack America said the attraction operates safely.
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)