Ban on ‘dan­ger­ous’ Chi­nese lanterns

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

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.”

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