Student serious about laser hobby

GOODFIELD -- Star Wars fans might be jealous of this Central Illinois man. He's built something close to a real-life light saber. College sophomore Drake Anthony says he's strengthened the laser chip from a projector making the beam so powerful it can burn through paper and wood.

It's about 600-times more powerful than a regular laser pointer. While he won't sell any of them, Anthony says building lasers is a hobby he's had since he was 10-years old.                                                                                                                                                                                                

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