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UK: Police treat laser incidents as "prelude to missile attack"

After two laser incidents, a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said they treat such incidents as a possible terrorist threat: “Obviously a laser could be a prelude to a missile attack. We look at it with that level of seriousness.”

On October 14 2011, an Airbus carrying 180 persons was about three miles from Exeter (Devon) International Airport when the pilot reported a “blinding light”. Although “disturbed” by it, he was able to land safely. The same night, an aircraft with more than 60 persons on board was laser illuminated at Newquay Cornwall Airport, leaving the pilot “shaken”.

Police say the incidents are likely to be unrelated. A helicopter unsuccessfully sought the source of the Exeter laser beam.

From BBC News and This Is South Devon