REGINA – Regina police are reminding the public of the potentially harsh penalties associated with aiming laser pointers at aircraft after two separate incidents this weekend.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday police were called to the Regina airport to try to locate the source of a laser beam that had been directed at aircraft landing at the airport.
Police traced the light source to the 4000 block of Robinson Street where they found five youths on the roof of a building. One of the males had a laser pointer which was confiscated. No charges have been laid, but the matter is still being investigated.
Three hours later police were called for a second incident where a laser was being pointed at a plane over the south area of Regina.
It was quickly determined that the incident was unrelated from the earlier incident as arrests had already been made and the source was from a different location. A search by canine members could not locate any suspects.
Police are reminding the public that pointing laser beams or other bright light sources at aircraft creates a serious potential threat, and anyone caught doing so could face up to five years in prison and face a maximum $100,000 fine.
Police and the Regina Airport Authority are asking anyone who sees someone pointing a laser at an aircraft to call police at 306-775-6500.