Russian ravers blinded by Lasers!

The above photo was from a show I played in Zaandam, The Netherlands in January. I was on stage and at the time those things were shooting right past my eyes as I was setting up to make noise. When I read the following story I got on my knees and thanked god I still have my vision:

Dozens of partygoers at an outdoor rave near Moscow have been partially blinded after a laser light show burned their retinas, say Russian health officials.

Moscow city health department officials say that 12 cases of laser blindness were recorded at the Central Ophthalmological Clinic in the city. The daily newspaper Kommersant reports that another 17 victims have registered at another hospital in the centre of the capital. – newscientist.com

This also reminds me of the countless high powered home made lasers I’ve seen at events. Of course I still want my own! Check these out: www.wickedlasers.com

What color do you want?

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 15, 2008 at 6:53 am, filed under live performance and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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4 Responses to “Russian ravers blinded by Lasers!”

  1. Case says:

    wickedlasers.com has a lot of…um.. wicked lasers! I want one that has “Open-cut healing power”

    I’m tempted to get one or two of these:

    http://gadget.brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=00586

    “Mini Disco Red/Green Laser with Stand” for $65

  2. yermo says:

    being familiar with some Russian party organizers i can imagine how this happened.
    they just went to physics faculty in Moscow and said the they need the most kick-ass powerful laser out there…

  3. Mack says:

    I’m familiar with small but extremely powerful handheld laser pointers, I got one from Techlasers and I can light a match with it. I can only imagine how much more powerful those entertainment lasers are.

  4. rave lights says:

    I remember hear about that. The worst we have over here in the united states is led pacifiers. most of the rave crews are too cheap to rent a laser…haha!

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