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Laser strike on aircraft prompts police search

Police were searching the Tauriko area overnight following reports of a laser strike on an aircraft. File photo.

A laser strike on an aircraft in Tauranga prompted a police callout overnight.

Residents in the Tauriko area reported to SunLive this morning that there was a helicopter using a searchlight in the area for a long period of time.

A police spokesperson says they were in the area following reports of a laser strike on an aircraft.

They received reports of a laser being directed at a helicopter in the Tauriko area around 9.30pm.

“Such actions are extremely dangerous and of massive concern for both those in the air and on the ground.

“All reports of laser strikes are treated seriously by Police and charges for those caught can be significant.”

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