Cleveland FBI investigating over 25 laser strikes at commercial flights

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Division of the FBI is investigating after several commercial flights were struck with lasers.

Authorities say 25 commercial flights were struck on Dec. 16 from the area southwest of Clifton Avenue and West 117th Street.

On Thursday, two flights were struck from the same area. There was another one on Wednesday from the area of West 105th Street and Lorain Avenue.

The FBI also investigated after lasers struck aircraft from Sept. 4 through Sept. 6.

The strikes are very distracting to pilots, authorities say.

Punishment for intentionally aiming a beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft or at the flight path of an aircraft includes a fine and/or time in prison.

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