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Atlantic City Pilots Complain About Laser Beams

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — Pilots have filed more than ten complaints this summer about laser beams directed at their aircraft as they’ve approached the Atlantic City International Airport.

Police in nearby Ocean City say their boardwalk was identified as the location of seven incidents.

Laser pointers are sold on the boardwalk.

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While it’s legal to buy them, it is against the law to point them at aircraft because they can distract or temporarily blind pilots.

Ocean City Police Chief Chad Callahan has asked merchants not to sell high-power laser pointers.

Wes Kazmarck of the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association says while merchants are disappointed, they understand and many stores have complied with the chief’s request.

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