Flying a sky lantern is fun only till it lasts.
Flying sky lanterns have become popular at outdoor events, weddings, birthdays, music festivals, new years and also in organized camping events.
Livestock, if swallowed, wire could puncture stomach lining. Elsewhere, Coastguards say lanterns which travel several kilometers and to an altitude of 1000m, are routinely mistaken for distress flames.
10318 Sky Lanterns were released last year at annual freedom faithnet global event.
Even claimed biodegradeable sky lanterns contain metal wires and plastic which take years to decompose. They must fall back to earth somewhere resulting in-at the very least-an eyeshore for someone to clean up.
200000 sky lanterns are being sold in UK every year.
Call for Ban:
A handful of countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany, Austria and Malta have already introduced bans.
Glastonbury festival organisers banned chinese lanterns and in 2011, festival organiser Michael Eavis called for a nationwide ban.
- According to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, almost 20 forest fires have been caused by burning sky lanterns.
- In Hanoi alone, sky lanterns caused eight fires in workshops, electrical stations and also caused power blackouts during Lunar New Year’s Eve.
- Fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham on 1st July 2013. More than 200 firefighters were called to tackle fire at Plastic Recycling Plant.
- In 2010, RNLI and Marine Conservation Society said it saw a significant increase in number of lifeboats deployed due to burning of sky lanterns.
- In Sanya, China, dozens of flights had to be delayed and eventually banned sky lanterns.
- Civil Aviation Authority in Donegal, warned against the use of sky lanterns after one fell near a container with thousands of gallons of aviation fuel.