frickin' russian ravers with frickin' laserbeams in their eyes

Blind Russian Ravers

Ravers at the Aquamarine Open Air Festival in Kirzhach, 80 kilometres northeast of Moscow, began seeking medical help days after the show, complaining of eye and vision problems.

"They all have retinal burns, scarring is visible on them. Loss of vision in individual cases is as high as 80%, and regaining it is already impossible," Kommersant quoted a treating ophthalmologist as saying.

Partygoers say heavy rains forced organisers to erect massive tents for the all-night dance party. The damage seems to have been caused when laser beams that were intended for outdoor use to illuminate the sky, were somehow turned or reflected onto the crowd.


13 Responses:

  1. temp_revenge says:

    Shit, I have serious hearing damage from all those drum and bass shows where I thought it would be great to get as close to the speakers as possible. You have to suffer for your art.

  2. pikuorguk says:

    Or is it mass, cheap laser-eye surgery?

  3. cattycritic says:

    had to be said.

  4. That should buff right out.

  5. pavel_lishin says:

    You left out the most awesome part.

    The owner of a Moscow laser rental company, Valentin Vasiliev, says the accidental blindings were due to "illiteracy on the part of technicians".

  6. dzm6 says:

    I was on the fence about Burning Man this year, but this just totally puts me in the mood for it.

    Yay! Frickin' lasers in the frickin' eyes!

  7. nerotica says:

    People always say they fell out of their chair when they actually didn't. Well.. I actually did. I was teetering precariously on the back two wheels of my rollychair when I read this headline on BoingBoing. I lost my balance, grabbed my desk, and almost brought the whole thing down on top of me. Fortunately, my desk, laden as it is, weighs more than I do.

    I nominate this story for best news story of the 15th.