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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Laser Pointers of Mass Destruction

Since WMDs were not actually in Iraq (now they tell us!), it's time to worry about a new threat: lasers aimed at airplanes. I enjoyed the explanation for the recent incident that made headlines:

A New Jersey man was arrested and charged last week for aiming a green laser at a small jet flying over his home near Teterboro Airport.

The man, David Banach of Parsippany, said he had been using the device to point at the stars from his back yard.

That type laser pointer, which sells for $119, is the most powerful that can be used in a public place without government regulation, according to Bigha, the company that manufactures it. It produces a bright green beam that can be seen up to 25,000 feet away, and is used by bird watchers, astronomers and lecturers to point out faraway objects.

The poor dork was looking at the sky and he ends up getting in all the papers.