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FBI launches campaign to stop laser pointing at planes

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The FBI is announcing a major push to deter people from pointing a laser at an aircraft. It's a federal violation which poses a threat to pilots, passengers and those on the ground.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced they are offering up a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who aims a laser at a plane.

The FBI said these aren't your typical lasers that are used in power point type presentations. They said the ones posing a risk are "high powered lasers."

When you point the laser up in the dark, the beam expands, blinding the pilot.

The dramatic increase in reported laser attacks in Greater Louisville and across the nation has prompted the FBI to spread awareness on the danger.

"The FAA and FBI have been tracking these incidents since 2005," said Mary Trotman from the FBI. "Since 2005 to 2013 it's gone up 1,100 percent."

If you have information about someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, you are asked to call your FBI field office or dial 911. 

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