Green lasers hamper 6 rescue missions at SC coast

      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The Coast Guard has sent a letter to local governments along the Grand Strand warning they may have to limit rescue activities along the northern South Carolina beaches unless they can stop the problems of green lasers being aimed at aircraft.

      The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports the cities of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach have already banned the lasers, while Horry County is considering a ban.

      The Coast Guard says it has had to abandon at least six rescue missions in the past six months. The green lasers are more powerful that other lasers and can temporarily blind pilots, especially when they're wearing night vision goggles.

      Federal officials say it is a crime that carries up to five years to shoot a laser at an aircraft.