Fewer green laser complaints along the Grand Strand from last summer

Green lasers were a major problem on the Grand Strand last summer to the point that both Horry County and Myrtle Beach put rules in place restricting their sale and use, which they say is working.

The lasers were a hot ticket item along the Grand Strand up until last year, when people were shining them into rescuers' eyes.

Last year, helicopter and airplane pilots were getting lit up with these green lasers, which created a major issue.

As a result, Horry County and Myrtle Beach Councils each passed ordinances prohibiting the sale of the green laser pointer to anyone under 18 and the device cannot exceed one milliwatt.

So far, Myrtle Beach officials say they've had fewer complaints this year compared to last year.

Horry County Police Lieutenant Robert Kegler explained the ordinance is working for the County too. "That's why we have to continue to educate people and let them know about these green lasers and what's legal and what's not."

That education includes going to stores and teaching them which lasers they can and cannot sell. If you're caught with one, both Horry County and Myrtle Beach share the same penalties.

"Selling them or possessing them is a misdemeanor, it's subject to a fine of up to $500 and or 30 days in jail upon conviction, so it's not a slap on the wrist, it can be a serious offense," said Myrtle Beach city spokesman Mark Kruea.

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