This local incident, in which someone pointed a green laser pointer at a USCG vessel training in the ocean off Tillamook Bay, is a serious federal crime. The USCG is investigating, and looking for tips from the public.

A crewman suffered impaired vision after the incident. A reminder that laser pointers are not toys and can cause serious harm even at a great distance. Convictions for incidents like these can mean big fines and jail time.