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Maryland regulates jetpacks

OCEAN CITY — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has enacted regulations on water jetpacks, which are becoming popular in Ocean City.

The Daily Times reports riders must pass a written test, can’t use the devices in canals or areas where people congregate and can’t fly more than 10 feet above water. They limit riders to age 16 or older, require at least 6 feet of water below and order jetpack companies to outfit riders with bright orange flags. People operating the devices must steer clear of bridges, moorings, piers and pilings.

The rules took effect June 20 for 180 days. During that period, state and local law enforcement are keeping tabs on the resort’s watersports businesses. The department may hold a hearing in January, and some rules could change.

One comment

  1. just keep our children save and not doing anything outdoors! boats, jetskis and just make them learn to operate shipping lanes. why does the DNR make these rules that limit children from many outdoor activities!
    yet they favor marinas and change the quality of life in md. for boaters. you think they would do something smart! all children under 16 years of age NEED NO FISHING,CRABING license! wouldn’t make sense that this large play area is their future and they should see it 1st hand! maybe see the damage of our ways or maybe swim in it and get sick.