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SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials have fined a Washington man $100,000 for allegedly pointing a high-powered laser at the ship’s wheelhouse last October.

A statement Friday said Mark Raden of Freeland injured the ferry master and chief mate of the Tokitae ferry on October 22, 2015 with the blue laser and endangered the safe travel of the ferry.

The ferry workers suffered eye injuries from the laser, according to Kyle Smith, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.

Authorities say Raden was aboard the Kitsap ferry travelling between Mukilteo and Clinton when he pointed the laser.

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