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FBI Arrests 18 Year Old for Pointing Laser at Aircraft

Shoshanna Utchenik

What seemed a childish prank may land one North Hollywood, Calif.  teen in prison for up to 10 years.

The L.A. Times reports [2] that 18-year-old Adam Gardenhire was arrested on federal charges Wednesday for allegedly shining a green laser beam at a commercial Cessna plane and a Pasadena police helicopter.

Gardenhire was likely unaware of a new federal law aimed at curbing laser attacks, a strange trend that has increased as lasers become so affordable. Lasers pointed at aircraft from the ground have blinded pilots, forcing them to abort landings. California leads the nation in reported incidents with more than 3,500 laser attacks last year, the Times reported.

Gardenhire also faces civil penalties by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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