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Officers investigating use of laser strikes against planes at pipeline protest site

CANNON BALL -- Authorities are investigating two incidents of laser strikes aimed at aircraft being used to observe the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site.

CANNON BALL -– Authorities are investigating two incidents of laser strikes aimed at aircraft being used to observe the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site.

A pilot reported a laser beam hitting him in the eye around 5:15 a.m. last Wednesday, causing him to be blinded temporarily, according to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

A second incident occurred about 12:45 a.m. Sunday. In that case, the pilot said he was able to look away in time to avoid the laser, authorities said.

Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a federal violation.

Some at the protest complained last week that aircraft were being used to disrupt cell phone communications.

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Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said the planes are being used for public safety observation and not being used to disrupt any services.

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