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At around 12:30 this morning (June 8), San Diego Sheriff Deputies Dollard and Brown report being "struck repeatedly by a green laser" while flying over La Mesa.

The deputies employed an infrared camera to locate 34 year-old Fernando Arrolando from his apartment balcony on the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue.

La Mesa Police were dispatched to the apartment, where Arrolando admitted to using a 20 milliwatt laser to illuminate the helicopter. The laser pointer device (similar devices are advertised online as having a range up to eight miles) was confiscated, and Arrolando was booked into jail on five counts of discharging a laser light at an aircraft.

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Founder June 8, 2013 @ 4:50 p.m.

Green Lasers are especially dangerous for helicopter pilots since they are more powerful than red lasers plus since most non military helicopters are not designed to be flown on autopilot unlike most modern airplanes should the pilots vision be damaged by the lasers intense light. Since the pilot is essentially always maintaining the helicopter in level flight, if the pilot loses his perspective of the horizon, it would in most cases lead to a crash, since the helicopter cannot fly itself...

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