A helicopter will be hovering above power lines throughout Central Maryland in coming weeks, but don't worry.

It's not the NSA.

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., which provides power to Maryland's most populated regions, will be contracting the utility helicopter to allow for inspections of its electric transmission equipment through next month, the company said Thursday.

The helicopter will be used in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard and Prince George's counties, and may be spotted "hovering near power lines and rights of way or following a flight path along electric transmission rights of way," the company said.

Workers will be using the aerial view to inspect towers, poles and wires as part of the company's efforts to improve reliability of service, it said.

Ground inspections will also continue, and "worn or damaged" equipment will be replaced, the company said.

The work is weather permitting.

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