Air Traffic Control Reports Plane Lasered Over Campbell County

(Gillette, Wyo.) Tuesday night the Campbell County Sheriff's Office took a report that someone had been shining lasers at airplanes. Just after 10:00 p.m. June 21st, Denver Air Traffic Control called in to the Sheriff's Office, saying that a pilot about 17 miles south of Gillette saw a blue laser light in his cockpit. The light came across his right shoulder and he believed it originated northwest of his position. Deputies checked several subdivisions in the area but could not find a suspect. It's unknown where the airplane was headed at the time it had a laser pointed at it. "Aircraft lasing" has become more frequent in the past two years. There's been a 33% increase in reports filed by pilots over the past six months alone. The FBI compares a pilot having a laser shined in the cockpit to driving a car in the dark and having a flash bulb go off in your face. "[There are] people that genuinely feel it’s not really a hazard," Patrick Murphy of Laser Pointer Safety told Popular Science . "They may legitimately think 'Oh the light stops somehow magically after 300 to 400 feet and it really isn’t going to reach the plane.' They’re wrong." *Photo h/t FBI // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news