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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Coast Guard said Thursday it supports the ban of green laser sales Horry County enacted earlier this week. According to officials, last summer was among the worst for incidentsMore >>
The Coast Guard said Thursday it supports the ban of green laser sales Horry County enacted earlier this week.More >>
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A green laser directed at a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter temporarily blinded the aircrew and forced them to land abruptly Wednesday morning.More >>
A green laser directed at a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter temporarily blinded the aircrew and forced them to land abruptly Wednesday morning while attempting to search for the source of three orange flares spotted near Garden City Beach, S.C.More >>
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- Horry County Council is expected to consider a ban on certain types of lasers after recent problems with green lasers aimed at Coast Guard helicopters.
Council members met with Coast Guard representatives in Conway on Tuesday.
Twice in two weeks, helicopters conducting rescue missions along South Carolina's northern coast have had to land because of the lasers. County Public Safety Director Paul Whitten says there have been 70 hits by green lasers on aircraft landing at Myrtle Beach International Airport since May.
A proposed county ordinance would ban the use of any laser with a power of greater than one milliwatt.
Green lasers can temporarily blind pilots, especially when they're wearing night vision goggles. Aiming a laser at an aircraft is punishable by up to five years in prison.