Safely Celebrating with Lasers
No matter the genre or type of festivals you’re attending this summer, one commonality between all of them is the celebratory use of the laser pointer. Whether you’re in the crowd or just walking around the campground, I would safely guarantee multiple encounters with those high velocity, bright and intense joy-makers. If you’re leaning towards bringing a laser pointer or an even bigger laser set up to your next festival, keep in mind how they can affect those around you, and obviously the venue’s specific rules about lasers.
Too many times this summer alone, I’ve seen some kids get thrown out of concerts and festivals alike, all for simply pointing a laser at the wrong person. One incident that really merits a re-telling involves two teenagers who kept pointing their lasers at a security guard’s chest, employing motions that made the crimson dots look like nipples (very mature), until another security guard caught them and threw the pair out promptly. A) Let’s not forget that security is here to help us, and B) Don’t bully anyone at an EDM show, even if they play along; chances are they’re just being nice. And never laser a DJ, that’s just not cool.
At a different festival just the other weekend, a close friend of mine got sick from a laser being pointed at our camp site. The concert-goers diagonal from us kept shining a laser around our campfire, supposedly to get our attention when we confronted them later, but instead they wound up shining it directly in her eyes on multiple occasions. Luckily, my friend isn’t epileptic or things would’ve been much worse, but even so always remember most lasers can cause dizziness from constant exposure like that. If it’s illegal to shine a laser at an aircraft, keep the same principle in mind for people.
By all means, use lasers and other lights to celebrate at your next EDM festival, or any festival. They’re fun and shiny, plus at night they unleash a whole new perspective to gaze upon endlessly. Just remember to be aware of your surroundings and that not everyone is down with the laser pointers right in their face.