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14-year-old boy arrested for allegedly pointing laser at plane at LAX

February 9, 2011 |  8:30 am

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly pointing a powerful laser at a Boeing 737 landing at Los Angeles International Airport, police said Wednesday.

Pilots pinpointed the laser's origin about 8 p.m. Tuesday and called police, who went to the boy's home near Avalon Boulevard and East 161st Street in South Los Angeles, said Sgt. William Dougherty of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police arrived by helicopter, and the boy pointed the green laser at the chopper as it flew in, Dougherty said. The boy was arrested and held in juvenile custody.

Police could not confirm the type of laser he used, but almost any pointed up from the ground could be a distraction to pilots, Dougherty said.

Pointing lasers at plane cockpits can blind pilots and damage their eyesight, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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