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Eye in the Sky

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A couple of Boise teens tried a different kind of flashing on June 3, and now they're facing federal charges.

Two 17-year-olds looking for a way to spice up a Sunday night came up with a new game which involved shining a laser pointer at planes landing at the Boise Airport. Several pilots who were blinded by the light didn't see the fun in this new game and gave airport officials a location for the flashers. The teens then aimed the laser at a passing Air St. Luke's helicopter, the pilot of which took issue with the flashing. But instead of just flying away, the helicopter pilot pinpointed the spot where the laser was coming from and hovered over the house on the 9700 block of Countryman Road. The pilot then used a spotlight to lead Boise Police officers to the area.

Boise Police not only found the laser pointer in question, but located both teens in nearby houses.

Neither of the teens has been officially charged, but the case has been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation since the case deals with federal aviation regulations.

Boise Airport officials said this is the third time this year that planes over Ada and Canyon counties have been targeted by lasers.