Post # 1
I’m seeing “wish lanterns” or “sky lanterns” becoming extremely popular outside of Asia these days. Dare I say it might be the new “sparkler exit” by this time next year? There’s no denying that this looks pretty cool.
However, after these float away and fall down, aren’t they litter? That simple thought has me crossing them off my list of potential details.
Aren’t they a fire danger, too? Am I missing something? How are they safe?
Post # 3
The use of sky lanterns is forbidden in my country and requires a special permit. As far as i know there have been too many accidents and they have set buildings on fire and hurt people because their route is influenced by weather and wind conditions and nobody can control that. You never know where they come down. Moreover they are litter and might even poison animals. They are pretty but i would never use them.
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Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
They are beautiful and we’ve done them as part of our 4th of July celebration before. However, I can see why some counties and states have banned them. I think they are banned here now, too. They could definitely pose a safety and fire hazard.
Post # 6
I love these things. I wish they made small ones. They have some that are wire-free, so I can’t imagine why that would create a problem.
Post # 7
I think they have ones that are biodegradeable. But, I can see the fire danger, especially in the summer when the grass may be a little dry.
Post # 8
It’d be nice to know how long it takes them to degrade. Something that takes 2 years to break down can be called biodegradable, but thats two years that its sitting around as litter,right?
I was thinking out loud with my post. We’re getting married at a vineyard…there are farms and livestock in the area and I don’t think I can send these things off knowing there are animals nearby. Wire or no wire, I’m worried about litter and the animals.
EDIT I just read that something’s only degrade at high heat…basically in a compost situation. Changes are these lanterns aren’t “environmentally friendly” as the websites claim.
Post # 9
I think they are pretty cool!
Post # 11
I’ve always wondered the same thing — litter AND a potential fire hazard!! Maybe if they were set off over a body of water, but then they’d fall into the lake/ocean and cause more pollution.