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What's Your Point? 2 Men Arrested for Aiming Lasers at LAPD Chopper

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Law enforcement officials aren't kidding around when it comes to laser pointers aimed at their aircraft: If you point 'em, they will find you, and, like in the case of the two men busted overnight, they will arrest you.

Green lasers were trained on a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter flying over Exposition Park at around 2 this morning, according to ABC7. The LAPD used "special laser-filter glasses as well as officers on the ground" to pinpoint the source of the beams. On the ground, officers witnessed the two male suspects pointing the lasers at the helicopter, and took them into custody.

The suspects now face local and federal charges; the LAPD say they intend to contact the FBI regarding this arrest and laser pointing incident.

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the institution of a new fine for those who are caught pointing laser beams at aircraft. One incident could incur a fine of up to $11,000.