Fla. Teens Playing with Laser Injure Helicopter Pilots

By: AP
By: AP

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) --

Two teenagers face felony charges after pointing a laser light at a police helicopter.

Authorities say the teens were shining the laser pen into the
air about 2 a.m. on New Year's Day. Two pilots in a tactical
helicopter from the Collier County Sheriff's Office spotted the
green laser beam while patrolling about 500 feet in the air.

The pilots were forced back to the hangar. They each suffered
ruptured blood vessels in their left eyes and were treated at a
local hospital.

Deputies tracked the light to a home where 19-year-old Hidlago
Moreno and his 17-year-old friend said they were playing with the
laser.

The teens were charged with pointing a laser at an aircraft
operator, causing injury.


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