- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland FBI office is warning Ohioans about the dangers - and serious consequences - of shining lasers at aircraft.

The FBI says it happened at least five times in northeast Ohio last weekend. The targets included commercial airplanes and medical helicopters.

The laser lights can distract or temporarily blind pilots. Laser incidents decreased in 2014 but continue to be a problem for the aviation industry and law enforcement. Most aircraft hit with lasers are flying at less than 6,000 feet.

Local law enforcement investigates violations, which can bring the offender up to five years in prison and a fine.

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