2 arrested for pointing lasers at aircraft

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CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) – Two people have been arrested for pointing lasers at helicopters near Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The Fresno Bee says air traffic controllers contacted police after a laser was pointed at an air ambulance helicopter near the airport on Saturday night. Lasers can cause temporary blindness.

A Fresno police helicopter attempting to pinpoint the laser’s origin was also struck several times by the green laser beam in the Clovis area. The police air crew contacted Clovis officers and two people, ages 22 and 24, were arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail.

Information about the suspects hasn’t been released. There were no injuries to flight crews.

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