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 law

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Anti-government protesters shine lasers at riot police in Central. Photo: Felix Wong
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Laser pointers for sale at a market in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Sam Tsang

Laser pointers are in the spotlight in Hong Kong’s protests and selling briskly. But are they ‘offensive weapons’ and can you be arrested for carrying one?

  • After student leader was detained for carrying the devices, protesters besieged a police station then arranged a ‘stargazing event’ the next day
  • Police demonstrate how laser beam can set sheet of paper alight, though Post unable to get same result using a laser pointer bought in Sham Shui Po
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Laser pointers for sale at a market in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Sam Tsang
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