Omaha police released an 11-year-old boy to his mother early Thursday after receiving a report of a laser pointer directed at an inbound plane to Eppley Airfield.
Officers responded to the 144th and Q Streets area about 12:45 a.m. after an air traffic controller reported that someone had pointed a laser at a plane approaching the airport.
Police said a specific location was not given, and officers were unable to locate the person in the 144th and Q area.
About 3:30 a.m., officers responded to a disturbance at 153rd and Drexel Streets after a caller said some juvenile males knocked on his door and ran away.
The caller said one of the juveniles had a laser pointer.
Officers found the 11-year-old and the laser pointer nearby. Police later released the boy to his mother.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said aiming a laser at an airplane can lead to serious consequences.
“It can blind a pilot.’’ said Elizabeth Isham Cory.
A laser beam can travel a substantial distance through the night sky, she said, with its beam widening as it ascends.
“The beam can spread and flood a cockpit,’’ Isham Cory said.
She said to never aim a laser skyward.
“Bottom line,’’ she said, “don’t ever point a laser at a cockpit.’’