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NY man accused of aiming laser at helicopter

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a man at a New York fireworks display aimed a laser beam at a police helicopter, endangering thousands of people below.

Philip Putter of Hawthorne was charged Thursday with violating a new federal law against targeting aircraft with lasers.

However, the U.S. attorney's office agreed to dismiss the complaint if Putter stays out of trouble for six months.

A call to his lawyer was not immediately returned.

The complaint says the crew of a Westchester County police helicopter radioed July 3 that they were being hit in the eyes by the laser beam. They were flying over a fireworks display at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, with at least 10,000 people watching.

The complaint says officers on the ground saw the beam and followed it down to Putter.
   AP-WF-01-16-14 2154GMT
 
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