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When audiences have laser light scan around and even over them, it is like being inside a fireworks display, or being transported to another universe of light. But any use of lasers must be done safely and legally.

For example, in the United States and many other countries, permission from the government is required to perform any laser light show. And the most spectacular effect, audience scanning beams, requires special permission from authorities and/or venues. This is because audience scanning requires exceptional levels of knowledge and care to do safely. (No one should scan an audience directly with laser beams, without the proper permits and safety procedures.)

Since its founding in 1986, the International Laser Display Association has supported the safe use of lasers for concerts, discos, art, festivals and special events. As part of this effort, ILDA provides this website which contains information to help ensure safe and legal laser shows.

Use the menu at the top left to access ILDA's lasershow safety information.