Call to ban sky lanterns

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This week’s bonfire parties sparked a renewed plea from the Country, Land and Business Association urging landowners to ban the use of sky lanterns.

The local CLA branch urged all landowners, both public and private, not to allow the use of sky lanterns.

It reminded them that the use of the wire framed paper lanterns, lit by candles, poses a very real safety risk, putting livestock, crops and buildings at risk.

CLA north regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “Sadly, sky lanterns are very popular around this time of year. However, it is impossible to predict where these spent flying bonfires will land.

“We are asking our members not to allow them to be used on their land and, generally, urge the public not to use them.

“Those landing in fields pose the risk of death to livestock which ingest the abandoned wire frames and suffer tremendously.

“There is also no guarantee the flame will have extinguished before it lands, potentially triggering a blaze that could destroys crops, forestry and farm buildings.”