Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

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Whilst sky lanterns are a popular and beautiful sight, the potential damage they can cause is significant.

They use the heat of a naked flame to float. They’re not only a fire hazard but also a danger to livestock, agriculture, camping activities, thatched properties and hazardous material sites.

Whilst lighting and launch are mostly in the control of the user, the actual flight path and end destination are not. There’s no guarantee that the fuel cell will be completely out and cooled when the lantern eventually lands, and any contact with a flammable surface could result in a fire.

There is evidence of them causing fires, being mistaken for distress flares resulting in the taskings of Coastguard Rescue Teams, misleading aircrafts and killing livestock.

If you do insist on setting off flying lanterns, please read our Flying Lanterns leaflet for important safety advice.

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