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Coast Guard: Pointing lasers is dangerous and illegal

The Coast Guard is warning the public that pointing handheld lasers at Coast Guard boat and aircrews is dangerous and illegal.

There have been three instances of lasers targeting Coast Guard assets in the past three weeks, two within the past 24 hours.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime and a felony offense under Title 18, United States Code, Section 39A. If found guilty, offenders could be fined up to $250,000 and sentenced to five years in prison.

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