A video uploaded to YouTube this week by York Regional Police reveals how seriously law enforcement officers treat a potentially deadly prank. In a description of the video, the agency states that 19-year-old Vaughan, Ontario, man Nicholas Caranci was one of three subjects spotted by a police helicopter early Sunday morning.
The gun was equipped with a laser pointer, which was identified as the light source observed by the pilot.
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When police search dogs entered the mix, it was only a matter of time before the suspect ended up in custody. He has been charged with three criminal counts: mischief endangering life, unlawfully engaging in behavior that endangers an aircraft, and projecting a bright light source into navigable airspace.
The police department has offered some relevant facts for anyone considering similar activities:
York Regional Police reminds the public of the potential harm laser pointers can cause. Health Canada advises that a split-second look into a laser pointer can result in a condition called flash blindness. This is similar to the effect you get during flash photography, where the image of the flash remains in your eyes for a few seconds, then fades away. However, for a pilot in control of an aircraft flying over populated areas, the consequences can be serious. Those who aim these pointers at aircraft are putting lives in danger, not only in the aircraft but on the ground. There is a serious potential for harm to the pilot and the prospect of a crash.
h/t: Fox News