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Burbank man arrested for hazardous pigeon feeding, police say

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Police on Friday arrested a Burbank man who allegedly refused to stop feeding pigeons despite being told his behavior posed a safety threat to planes at Bob Hope Airport.

Charles Douglas, 59-year-old owner of Precise Roofing Co. in Burbank, has been feeding flocks of pigeons since at least September 2010, officials say, which — beyond violating municipal code — has created a major safety hazard for jet airplanes using the nearby airport as the birds' numbers have grown into the hundreds.

On average, airport police Cmdr. Allen Schmitt said, planes at Bob Hope Airport strike a bird once every two months. But the rate of strikes has increased recently to five incidents in July alone, he said.

In July, a Southwest Airlines flight was diverted to Los Angeles/Ontario Internationl Airport after it flew into 20 to 30 pigeons during takeoff, he told the Burbank Leader.

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Photo: Bob Hope Airport. Credit: L.A. Times

 
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