Authorities are investigating an incident in which a laser light was pointed at two medical helicopters Tuesday night in Atlantic City.

The incident occurred about 10 p.m., when two medevac aircraft were transporting patients to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus.

While transporting the patient in one helicopter, the pilot reported multiple green laser beams from the ground.

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The pilot was not able to identify where the laser was coming from and alerted the pilots of the other helicopter. Both aircraft were able to transport the patients safely.

Authorities warn the laser's light causes a glare inside the aircraft and could temporarily cause blindness. Knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft is a federal crime and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Contact Joel Landau:

609-272-7215

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