Friday, June 7, 2013

Be Careful Where You Point That

Officers have to be observant at all times.  They might be responding to the most mundane of calls and see something that is a much bigger deal.  Such was the case when officers recently responded to a noise complaint at one address and saw the glow of a green laser coming from the window of an address nearby. 

In May of this year, a plane travelling to New Century Airport, at an altitude of 4000 feet, reported to officials that someone pointed a green laser at the aircraft as it traveled over the Overland Park area.  The pilot was able to narrow down the location to the area in the 7700 block of Frontage Road.  It was the third report of such an incident that week.

On June 1st, officers responded to a noise complaint around 10:30 pm in the area of 79th Street and Grant.  One of the officers noticed a green laser light flashing from a nearby window.  After addressing the noise complaint he went to investigate the green laser.  There, he made contact with a teenage boy who admitted he had previously flashed the laser at passing aircraft.

The teenager thought it was innocent, but quickly learned that type of action can carry federal charges.  The lasers, which can be purchased for as little as $20, can cause permanent eye damage.  Because of the range these laser lights can reach, it can be tempting to take aim at a passing plane but, be warned, that is a very bad idea.