08/20/2009

Fla. man pointed laser at sheriff's helicopter

By Juan Ortega
Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Be careful where you aim laser pointers, the Broward Sheriff's Office urged Tuesday after a man was accused of "temporarily blinding" a sheriff's pilot by shining such a device at his helicopter in Hallandale Beach.

The pilot and two crew members were able to land safely, but "it could have cost a life," said sheriff's spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion. Federal law prohibits pointing laser pointers at aircraft, she said.

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