Sky lanterns have become increasingly popular for celebrating weddings, Diwali and bonfire night. But once a lantern is lit and released, there is no control over its direction or where it lands – and this could have serious consequences.
Flying lanterns are also known as wish lanterns or sky lanterns.
Traditional flying lanterns have been used for thousands of years in both Chinese and Thai celebrations but are becoming more popular worldwide for celebrating weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special event.
The lanterns are generally made from paper supported by a wire frame with a holder at the bottom for a solid fuel cell. The paper outer may or may not be fire retardant.
Whilst flying lanterns are a popular and beautiful sight, the potential damage they can cause is significant:
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