Flame-Fueled Sky Lanterns Prompt Fire Concerns in Northern MI

Posted at: 08/30/2013 11:02 AM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The use of flame-fueled sky lanterns in northern Michigan is prompting concern among fire officials.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports sky lanterns, also known as Chinese flying lanterns, have sparked a fire in a pine tree at Traverse City State Park on one lantern's ascent, and another prompted a small garage fire when it prematurely landed.

Some people release the lanterns to symbolize the floating-away of problems and worries. They're usually made of a block of paraffin or cardboard suspended by a wire or bamboo frame. They're lit to heat air to send the lantern aloft, similar to a hot air balloon.

The lanterns should land when the flame goes out, but that always isn't the case. The lanterns are banned in some places but legal in Michigan.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle

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