FBI in Lincoln County after reports of laser pointing at aircraft

HUSTONVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Federal agents are in Lincoln County as they are looking to see who may be pointing lasers at aircraft.

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Four FBI agents went door to door in Hustonville Tuesday asking for help identifying who may be behind the dangerous action, as it can cause pilots to be distracted or temporarily flash blinded.

The Hustonville City Council is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the person pointing lasers.

Investigators believe because of Lincoln County being under a flight path of large aircraft, someone is coming to this area and pointing those lasers at the sky. This is not a small laser pointer you may have on a keychain. An agent told one person who lives nearby that the laser may be the kind you have to hold with two hands.

Hustonville police chief Fred McCoy says there have been issues with this before, and it may be tied to some kind of Halloween prank.

“That’s what surprises me. I’ve been here almost 30 years and when something goes on, in or around Hustonville, I usually find out about it," McCoy said.

The FBI says the strikes happen between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it can seek penalties of up to $11,000 per violation for pointing a laser at an aircraft.

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