Video of banned laser lighting up helicopter cockpit released by SA Police

Video of banned laser lighting up helicopter cockpit released by SA Police

Video of banned laser lighting up helicopter cockpit released by SA Police

Updated 8 February 2018, 17:30 AEDT

An Adelaide man who allegedly shone a laser at a police helicopter is charged with possessing a banned weapon, as police releasing footage of the incident as a safety warning.

The moment a laser was directed at an SA Police helicopter has been caught on camera, with police swiftly tracking down the man allegedly responsible.

The PolAir chopper was flying over Rostrevor in Adelaide's east when the cockpit was lit up by the green beam from the banned device.

The incident happened just before 11:30pm on Wednesday.

Police said the beam was being shone by a man from a backyard, and the helicopter crew was able to direct ground controls to the property.

"We're being lasered," one of the crew members can be heard saying.

"It's actually causing a severe safety risk to our mission. If we can get patrols ASAP to go there to stop him."

A 54-year-old Rostrevor man was arrested and charged with possessing a prohibited weapon and prejudicing the safe operation of an aircraft.

The laser was found and seized by police.

Authorities have repeatedly warned about the dangers posed by lasers, which are considered weapons, especially with regards to overhead aircraft.

A ban on high-powered lasers was introduced in 2009, with penalties of up to two years' imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

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