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Helicopter adds action to film shoot along the Kensington Expressway

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After nights of the Kensington Expressway being filled with the vehicles and road traffic for filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, action shifted to the air.

Monday night was the first of four nights of helicopter action over the expressway, especially between East Ferry and East Utica. On Wednesday and Thursday, there will be two-helicopters used, one for the movie scene and one to film action.

Buffalo Police Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo says public access will be limited.

"The Buffalo Police Department in compliance with FAA safety regulations will have extra officers assigned to the detail tonight to prevent people from being able to access the 33 and Humboldt Avenue where people previously have been allowed to view," Rinaldo said.

Paramount Pictures has received a special waiver from the FAA to fly below 500 feet.

The primary helicopter pilot has worked on an array of expensive and elaborate movies like some of the Mission Impossible and Fast and Furious films.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.