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Laser pointers are one of mankind’s greatest irritants. They annoy musicians, objectify cheerleaders, and, sometimes, distract aircraft pilots. That’s what a 14-year-old boy in Baltimore County is accused of doing: pointing a green laser at, of all things, a State Police helicopter.

The AP reports:

State police say the helicopter crew was helping Baltimore County police search for a suicidal person on Tuesday night when the cockpit was twice illuminated by a flash from a green laser. The light from a laser can ruin a pilot’s night vision, putting everyone on board in danger.

This appears to be an ongoing problem in the Baltimore area, as BWI was among the 20 U.S. airports with the most laser strikes last year.

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