Reminder of sky lantern dangers

25 January 2017

Cheshire West and Chester Council is reminding residents that the use of sky lanterns can be extremely dangerous.

In October 2016 the Council voted to ban their use on council-owned land due to the risks they pose to life and property.

Sky 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. When they land they can pose a serious threat to livestock, property and farm machinery.

The burning lantern remnants can start fires, endanger lives, destroy property, distress or kill wildlife, pets and farm animals, as well as causing unsightly littering.

Animals can accidently eat the remains of a lantern, causing internal bleeding, which can result in a slow and painful death.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “These lanterns are a menace and cause misery to farmers, their livestock and wildlife.  

“Last year we listened to the concerns of local people and imposed a ban on the organised release of sky lanterns on Council-owned or Council-controlled land and at Council-endorsed or supported events - including those not on Council land.  

“I would urge anyone who is planning to release a sky lantern from their own property to please think again.

“They are a beautiful sight in the night sky but they can have devastating consequences on the environment and animal welfare.”

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