Lantern makes a flying visit
When local car enthusiast Jim Madgwick went outside on Sunday morning to check on his two classic cars, he saw what he first thought was an empty rubbish bag.
It turns out that the burnt remains of a flying Chinese lantern had drifted down to land between his 1971 Triumph GT6 and his 2004 Mini Cooper 5.
Fortunately the lantern, identified by deputy chief fire officer Gary Olsen, caused no damage to the vehicles as the fire was most likely out when it landed.
A flying lantern has a paper envelope with a small frame suspended under it that supports a lighted candle.
This candle heats the air trapped in the envelope and makes the lantern rise.
Eventually the candle burns out and the lantern should float back to earth.
However, occasionally, as was the case on Sunday, the envelope ignites and burns.
Clusters of these lanterns have been seen and over the years have been mistakenly identified as shooting stars, aircrafts or even UFOs.
Burnt out: A flying Chinese lantern came to land between Jim Madgwick’s two classic cars.