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Drone causes delay in Red Sox-Rays game at Fenway Thursday afternoon

Thursday's game was held up after a drone was sighted flying over right field.
Thursday's game was held up after a drone was sighted flying over right field.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

A mystery drone caused a brief delay in Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays game at Fenway Park.

With no outs and runners on first and third in the top of the third inning, a drone appeared in right field, causing a brief delay. After crew chief Hunter Wendelstedt called time, the stoppage went for roughly six minutes before the drone took off toward center, and play resumed.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke looks up as a drone flies overhead during Thursday's game.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke looks up as a drone flies overhead during Thursday's game.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

According to a Boston Police Department spokesman, the call came in at 5:41 p.m. that a drone had been spotted over the field at Fenway during the game. A search of the area revealed there was a 16-year-old male and a friend who appeared to be operating the drone while at 82 Brookline Avenue. The friend left the scene, but the police spoke with the individual who had been flying the drone, and notified him that the game had to be paused because of his actions.

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The individual was informed as to how to register his drone, and his parents were contacted about the situation. The incident in question was referred to the FAA.

It was the second drone-related delay in the last two seasons for the Red Sox. Last April, a drone was spotted over the field during a Red Sox-Blue Jays game.

Drone delays have occurred in other ballparks this season, including one earlier this month in Minnesota.


Christopher Price can be reached at christopher.price@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at cpriceglobe.