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Low flying helicopter work on movie will extend limits on Kensington traffic

With low flying helicopter work slated to begin Monday night on the Ninja Turtle movie being filmed along the Kensington Expressway, Buffalo Police have extended the area that will be off-limits to traffic and pedestrians.

Vehicle and pedestrian travel will be prohibited along the expressway from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly through Thursday between Humboldt Parkway and Downtown Buffalo. Buffalo Police Lt.. Jeff Rinaldo of the Police Commissioner’s office said extra police officers will be detailed to the area during the filming.

Local residents will be allowed to watch film work from their porches or on their own property but will not be allowed on the sidewalks for the four nights, the lieutenant said.

Rafael Lima, location manager for the movie, said Paramount Pictures obtained FAA permits to allow helicopter travel below 500 feet. He said the majority of the helicopter work will take place in what he called the “sweet stop” for the film between East Utica and East Ferry streets. One helicopter will be operating tonight and Tuesday and two helicopters – with one filming the other helicopter – will be in operation Wednesday and Thursday.