Swedish police officers injured in laser attack
TT/The Local · 13 Dec 2009, 16:54
Published: 13 Dec 2009 16:54 GMT+01:00
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The police were responding to complaints about a loud party in an apartment when the attack took place.
“Two officers were taken to hospital in an ambulance,” Skåne police spokesperson Lennart Honemark told the TT news agency.
“They’ve been treated and allowed to return home, but it will be awhile before we will know if their eyes were permanently damaged.
Another police car was show by the laser, but no officers were injured.
According to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), there have been more than 80 reported laser attacks against police in Sweden in the last year.
Officers have sustained injuries to their eyes, but so far none of the injuries has resulted in permanent damage.
In addition to the attacks on police officers, a number of other civilians have also been injured after being shot with laser pointers.
The offending laser pointers are thought to be of a variety used for lectures and are often no larger than a pen or a pocket flashlight.
Since February 1st of this year, Sweden has required people wishing to use laser pointers stronger than 5 milliwatts in public places to obtain a permit from the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten).
However, it’s still possible to obtain the products, which are sold freely over the internet.