Wednesday, August 8 2012 3:45 PM EDT2012-08-08 19:45:44 GMT
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 >>
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 incidents of people shining lasers at planes and helicopters around Myrtle beach.
The Coast Guard said banning the sale of green lasers is a great first step, adding it has been working with other city governments to help keep responders safe.
"It required our crews to seek medical attention and be cleared to operate before they could go back out there, so in those cases, if there were someone out there waiting to be rescued, that rescue was no longer coming because the crew had been exposed to these lasers," said Cmdr. Michael White.
Officials said there were 35 laser incidents of lasers being shined in pilots' eyes last year.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>