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Teen charged after laser allegedly pointed at Durham Regional Police helicopter

A Bowmanville teen has been charged after allegedly pointing a laser at a police helicopter.
A Bowmanville teen has been charged after allegedly pointing a laser at a police helicopter. Durham Regional Police / File / Twitter

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. – Police say a 17-year-old boy from Bowmanville, Ont., is facing multiple charges after allegedly pointing a hand-held laser beam at a Durham regional police helicopter.

They say the helicopter was flying over the town east of Toronto on Thursday night when the helicopter crew saw the intense green light coming from below.

Police say the pilot had to descend rapidly from 450 metres in the air to avoid the light from the laser.

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The say the crew then used infrared technology and found the residence where the light was coming from.

The teen is charged with mischief endangering life and is also facing charges under the Canadian Aviation Regulations and Aeronautics Act.

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Police didn’t report any injuries from the incident.