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Two summers ago, there were more than 30,000 laser pointers sold on Maryland's Ocean City boardwalk, and the little green lights were everywhere on the city's iconic wooden walkway.

The problem got so bad that Maryland state police helicopters threatened to avoid Ocean City due to the number of laser pointers that were being shot toward the sky as they approached.

The city passed an emergency ordinance banning the sale of the laser pointers to minors and essentially banning them, which had folks thinking the problem had been solved.

But that's not the case. This year, the little green laser pointers are back, and the complaints are rolling in, as people are not only carrying them, but some boardwalk shops are continuing to sell them.

Police officials say they are trying to remind merchants and visitors about the law, but they say the effort is extremely taxing on manpower, as dealing with the nuisance of laser pointers takes cops away from handling much more pressing public safety issues.

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