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North Hollywood man accused of pointing laser at aircraft, arrested under new federal law

Laser beams are seen in this undated photo.

April 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A North Hollywood man has become the second person to be arrested under a new federal law regarding lasers and aircraft.

The law makes it a federal crime to intentionally point a laser at an aircraft.

Investigators said 18-year-old Adam Gardenhire pointed a commercial-grade laser at several aircraft last month. One was a police helicopter responding to the report of the laser pointed at a private plane.

If he's convicted, Gardenhire could face 10 years in prison, plus civil penalties from the Federal Aviation Administration.