The incident started when Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall complained that a fan had shined a laser pointer at him. At that point, the referee called for a halt to the action so that security could remove the fan. The only problem was, no one knew who was doing it.
So we were treated to the sight of a bunch of police officers walking through the stands trying to find someone with a laser pointer -- even though, obviously, whoever did it had already stuffed the thing in his pocket and high-tailed it out of there.
It did not appear that the officers ever found the perpetrator, but eventually the referee gave the all clear to start the game again.
This isn't the first time that laser pointers have caused a problem in the NFL; Peter King wrote this in Sports Illustrated in 1998:
Laser pointers become a league-wide nuisance. Players at the Metrodome in Minneapolis and Lambeau Field in Green Bay have already been pestered by these needlessly mass-produced toys. Wait until truly obnoxious fans get hold of them.I'll go ahead and say that the Raiders fan who shined a light in Marshall's eyes Sunday qualifies as "truly obnoxious."