Laser Pointed At KCAL 9 Helicopter, Suspect At Large

SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Authorities are looking for the person who pointed a green laser light on a KCAL 9 helicopter flying in Santa Monica.

The helicopter was above the 2900 block of Pico Boulevard, near Dorchester Avenue, about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when the pilot noticed the laser, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said. KCAL 9 personnel reviewed the video and reported the address to track the laser location.

Officers searched an apartment but did not find a laser, Lewis said. No one was arrested.

The Federal Aviation Administration says pointing lasers at aircraft cockpits can blind pilots and permanently damage eyesight.

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