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My Town: FBI increases laser-pointing reward
My Town: FBI increases laser-pointing reward

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- The FBI has increased its reward for information leading to the arrests of people who point lasers at aircraft.

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward as part of a national campaign to  raise awareness about the crime.  Last year, 3,960 laser strikes were reported to the FBI- an average of nearly 11 incidents per day.  Lasers can light up the cockpit and potentially blind pilots. Most laser strikes happen between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.   

Last August, police confiscated a high-powered laser light from an 11-year-old Kentwood boy, after pilots reported a laser was pointed at their planes.  The boy denied any involvement.

A law signed by President Obama in Feb. 2012 made it a federal crime to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft.  People who intentionally commit this crime face a felony charge punishibable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Anyone with information about this type of crime is asked to call 911 or visit https://tips.fbi.gov.