“Now kids, it may be fun to use lasers to look at the stars. But be careful about pointing them in the direction of police choppers, or you could end up on the evening news.”
Maryland State Police are actually urging parents to offer the above warning after a 12-year-old boy distracted a Medevac helicopter on Sunday in Carroll County, according to WJZ-TV.
After the cockpit of the Trooper 3 helicopter was flashed several times with the boy’s astronomy laser , the crew figured out where the beam was coming from. The pilots then relayed the location to police on the ground, and the 12-year-old was found out.
It’s unclear if the boy will be charged, or whether he was claiming to use the pen to be looking for some stars instead of trouble. Turns out, it’s a federal crime to target an aircraft with a laser, even if the space rays are just for connecting constellations.
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