New Year warning over Chinese lanterns

The Bolton News: Chinese lanterns Chinese lanterns

PEOPLE are being warned to avoid using “dangerous” Chinese lanterns as part of their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The flying lanterns are usually made of paper and wire and have become synonymous with the New Year’s Eve skyline.

But Blackrod Town councillor and former farmer Graham Farrington has been campaigning for a ban on them because of the damage they can cause.

In July, a lantern sparked a huge fire in the West Midlands which saw 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material go up in flames, causing £6 million of damage.

Cllr Farrington said: “I would just ask people who are thinking of using them on New Year’s Eve to think again. We aren’t being spoil sports, but we have seen what can happen with fires and then there is the danger to livestock as well.

“When the lanterns come down, the wire can get chopped up and get into the animals’ food, which will cause them to bleed to death from the inside. I don’t think everyone is aware of the dangers. The only way to sort this issue is to ban them.”

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling has raised the issue of banning Chinese lanterns in the House of Commons, but said she is yet to hear back from the Government.

She added: “I recognise they are beautiful, but they pose too much of a risk to people and livestock. So far the Government has been silent on this issue.”

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:35am Wed 25 Dec 13

waterbottle says...

Spoil sports
Spoil sports waterbottle

9:29am Wed 25 Dec 13

vicric87 says...

waterbottle wrote:
Spoil sports
Having seen first hand the death those lanterns have caused to birds getting getting tangled and burnt in them, all i can really say to your thoughtless comment is...wow. I never knew protecting the lives of animals, as well as the environment and property, was being a spoil sport. Silly me thought it was common sense to be caring.
[quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Spoil sports[/p][/quote]Having seen first hand the death those lanterns have caused to birds getting getting tangled and burnt in them, all i can really say to your thoughtless comment is...wow. I never knew protecting the lives of animals, as well as the environment and property, was being a spoil sport. Silly me thought it was common sense to be caring. vicric87

11:27am Wed 25 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Hundreds of animals die every day at the hands of cars... people are dying from lung diseases because of toxins in the atmosphere... What is your point Vicric87?

This report is about the corporations losing £6-million.
Hundreds of animals die every day at the hands of cars... people are dying from lung diseases because of toxins in the atmosphere... What is your point Vicric87? This report is about the corporations losing £6-million. Beyond News Forum

12:11pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Count de Monet says...

waterbottle wrote:
Spoil sports
Only a few weeks ago, 80 caravans in a winter storage compound in the south of England were totally destroyed by a fire caused by a Chinese lantern. Farmers have lost barns full of hay in fires caused by these lanterns. They are nothing more than incendiary devices & are an accident waiting to happen. They should be banned as soon as possible.
[quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Spoil sports[/p][/quote]Only a few weeks ago, 80 caravans in a winter storage compound in the south of England were totally destroyed by a fire caused by a Chinese lantern. Farmers have lost barns full of hay in fires caused by these lanterns. They are nothing more than incendiary devices & are an accident waiting to happen. They should be banned as soon as possible. Count de Monet

1:17pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Count de Monet wrote:
waterbottle wrote:
Spoil sports
Only a few weeks ago, 80 caravans in a winter storage compound in the south of England were totally destroyed by a fire caused by a Chinese lantern. Farmers have lost barns full of hay in fires caused by these lanterns. They are nothing more than incendiary devices & are an accident waiting to happen. They should be banned as soon as possible.
So are fireworks. Are we going to have a ban on those this year?
[quote][p][bold]Count de Monet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Spoil sports[/p][/quote]Only a few weeks ago, 80 caravans in a winter storage compound in the south of England were totally destroyed by a fire caused by a Chinese lantern. Farmers have lost barns full of hay in fires caused by these lanterns. They are nothing more than incendiary devices & are an accident waiting to happen. They should be banned as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]So are fireworks. Are we going to have a ban on those this year? Beyond News Forum

4:11pm Wed 25 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Count de Monet wrote:
waterbottle wrote:
Spoil sports
Only a few weeks ago, 80 caravans in a winter storage compound in the south of England were totally destroyed by a fire caused by a Chinese lantern. Farmers have lost barns full of hay in fires caused by these lanterns. They are nothing more than incendiary devices & are an accident waiting to happen. They should be banned as soon as possible.
So are fireworks. Are we going to have a ban on those this year?
They should do. Selling fireworks from corner shops to member of the public has always been a recipe for disaster.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Count de Monet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Spoil sports[/p][/quote]Only a few weeks ago, 80 caravans in a winter storage compound in the south of England were totally destroyed by a fire caused by a Chinese lantern. Farmers have lost barns full of hay in fires caused by these lanterns. They are nothing more than incendiary devices & are an accident waiting to happen. They should be banned as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]So are fireworks. Are we going to have a ban on those this year?[/p][/quote]They should do. Selling fireworks from corner shops to member of the public has always been a recipe for disaster. MarkAllRead

6:33pm Wed 25 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

Evil things, we was on a camping trip a few years ago and people was letting them go, about five crashed into tents in our field, if we had been out then we would have lost five tents and equipment.
Evil things, we was on a camping trip a few years ago and people was letting them go, about five crashed into tents in our field, if we had been out then we would have lost five tents and equipment. mr.mark.c

10:23pm Wed 25 Dec 13

stereo_world says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Count de Monet wrote:
waterbottle wrote:
Spoil sports
Only a few weeks ago, 80 caravans in a winter storage compound in the south of England were totally destroyed by a fire caused by a Chinese lantern. Farmers have lost barns full of hay in fires caused by these lanterns. They are nothing more than incendiary devices & are an accident waiting to happen. They should be banned as soon as possible.
So are fireworks. Are we going to have a ban on those this year?
Fireworks contain materials which generally burn up once they explode. What's left is usually harmless and isn't flammable (although there are cases of ashes blinding people who look up for too long).

Chinese Lanterns don't explode and are usually made on the cheap, so can often be faulty, resulting in non-biodegradable materials either hurting someone or causing damage elsewhere. Plus, as far as I know, their production isn't regulated.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Count de Monet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Spoil sports[/p][/quote]Only a few weeks ago, 80 caravans in a winter storage compound in the south of England were totally destroyed by a fire caused by a Chinese lantern. Farmers have lost barns full of hay in fires caused by these lanterns. They are nothing more than incendiary devices & are an accident waiting to happen. They should be banned as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]So are fireworks. Are we going to have a ban on those this year?[/p][/quote]Fireworks contain materials which generally burn up once they explode. What's left is usually harmless and isn't flammable (although there are cases of ashes blinding people who look up for too long). Chinese Lanterns don't explode and are usually made on the cheap, so can often be faulty, resulting in non-biodegradable materials either hurting someone or causing damage elsewhere. Plus, as far as I know, their production isn't regulated. stereo_world

10:28pm Wed 25 Dec 13

stereo_world says...

I don't think they should be banned personally. Someone should draw up strict regulations on their production though.

You can buy bio-degradable lanterns, which sound a helluva lot safer - non flammable paper, bamboo instead of wires, that type of thing.
I don't think they should be banned personally. Someone should draw up strict regulations on their production though. You can buy bio-degradable lanterns, which sound a helluva lot safer - non flammable paper, bamboo instead of wires, that type of thing. stereo_world

1:44am Thu 26 Dec 13

p.rhanna says...

Shouldnt cause a problem in bolton...itll be Pi$$ ing down anyway on NYE.
Shouldnt cause a problem in bolton...itll be Pi$$ ing down anyway on NYE. p.rhanna

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree