Ban on ‘dangerous’ Chinese lanterns
SKY lanterns are to be banned at councillicenced events.
Cheshire East Council is proposing to stop the use of candle-lit Chinese lanterns due to them posing ‘a serious threat to livestock, property and farm machinery’.
The lanterns consist of a paper-covered wire or bamboo frame and an open flame heat source which can float in the sky for long distances.
Cabinet member for communities Councillor Les Gilbert said the burning lantern remnants can start fires, endanger lives, destroy property, distress wildlife, pets and farm animals and cause littering.
He said: “These lanterns are a menace and causing real misery to farmers, their livestock and wildlife.
“We have listened to the concerns of local people and will impose a ban on sky lanterns being launched from any of the events licenced by the authority.”
The move is supported by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Keith Brooks, head of protection and prevention at the service, said: “While these lanterns are undoubtedly a popular and beautiful sight, the potential damage they can cause is significant.”