Public warned over threat of Chinese lanterns
THE general public have been warned that Chinese lanterns pose a threat to human and animal life ahead of Halloween and the festive season.
Many farmers would like to see a ban on Chinese lanterns, which have been known to injure livestock and cause fires in the countryside.
South West MEP Julie Girling has called on the public to ‘exercise caution’ when using them over the coming months.
She said: “Chinese lanterns are increasingly popular at festivals, weddings and other celebrations such as Halloween, but they are a huge risk to animals, the environment and householders.
“After floating for many miles the burnt-out remains can hurt livestock and litter fields. Farmers have reported sheep, cattle and horses being injured, and in some cases dying, from eating the burnt out metal wire frames.
“It is only a matter of time before someone loses their life through being caught in a fire caused by a lantern. Please, think before you release these lanterns.”