Anti-government protesters shine lasers at riot police in Central. Photo: Felix Wong

Laser pointers are not illegal in Hong Kong, but are they weapons, and what harm can they do to people?

  • The law says any object can be considered a weapon if it is used to attack someone, but that means an umbrella is also a weapon
  • Experts say if a beam is powerful enough it can burn a person’s skin and damage their eyesight permanently
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition bill

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Anti-government protesters shine lasers at riot police in Central. Photo: Felix Wong
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Phila Siu

Phila Siu

Phila Siu, also known as Bobby, has been a journalist since 2009. He has reported on human rights, security, politics, and society in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a human rights law master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.