FALMOUTH — A Falmouth man is facing charges for allegedly aiming what police called a powerful laser pointer at a commercial aircraft and at a boat late last week.

Police say they received a complaint at about 8:30 p.m. Friday from officials at the Portland International Jetport, who reported that an airborne pilot has complained of a laser being pointed into the cockpit.

Based on the pilot’s estimation, police searched Falmouth.

Officers were unable to locate the source until about an hour later when a launch operator at the Portland Yacht Club called to say someone was pointing a laser at his vessel, making it difficult to see.

Police found several people at the town landing, and after an investigation, charged 19-year-old John Bagonzi.

The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing the incident.


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