Teens let go by police after shining laser at aircraft

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SAN DIEGO – Two teenagers were let go by police Wednesday after shining a laser pointer at a Southwest Airlines flight and a police chopper, police said.

One teenager, 15, was at his friend’s home at 546 Sampson Street near Logan Heights, when he started pointing a green laser at the two aircraft around 10:30 p.m. The San Diego police helicopter sent ground units to the teen’s home to investigate.

When police arrived, they explained the dangers and legal repercussions of shining a laser at aircraft to the two boys, neither of whom will face charges.

San Diego Police decided against charges due to both teenagers having “no criminal record whatsoever” and the boys’ remorse at their actions.

Shining a laser at aircraft is a felony punishable by up to a $250,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison, in addition to a civil fine of up to $11,000 by the FAA.

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