CMP update to laser use affecting aircraft over Brackley, Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Tuesday, July 18th, Queens RCMP received a call from a member of the public, reporting that he had read the media story about the Brackley Beach laser incident and recognized that he was a witness to what had occurred on Sunday evening.

The witness described that he was on Brackley Beach on Sunday evening between 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. hoping to see the Northern lights. While on the beach, he witnessed a family with a young child who appeared to be 10 – 12 years old. The child was playing with a green laser light and was pointing it at a number of things including two planes that came across the sky during that time period. The witness stated that the child appeared to be “tracing” the path of the plane with the laser and did not appear to be trying to shine it specifically in the cockpit of the plane.

The family’s identity is unknown at this time. It does appear that this specific incident was a child at play and not a direct Criminal Offence. That being said, the child was in the custodial guardianship of two adults and RCMP are asking that items of this nature not be used for entertainment and not be provided to young children as they are unaware of the danger that they can inflict.

Transport Canada is also investigating this incident and is working with the RCMP. It is not known if the Sunday incident is involved with the Fernwood, P.E.I. laser incident that is being reported in the news today.

Queens RCMP and Transport Canada would like to remind to the public that any laser pointed at a plane is very dangerous and could cause serious harm. Thank you to the citizen who came forward to provide information with regard to the Brackley Beach incident.

Previous report from this case:

Laser affects commercial aircraft over Brackley, Prince Edward Island

Queens District RCMP

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