Calls to ban Chinese lanterns

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter

CALLS to ban Chinese lanterns made by Blackrod Town Council have been backed by a Bolton MP.

Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West, raised the town council’s concern about the lanterns to Richard Benyon, Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries at DEFRA.

The response received by Ms Hilling confirmed the government were reconsidering bringing legislation on the matter.

Ms Hilling said: “I am grateful for Blackrod Town councillors for raising this important issue with me. Sky Lanterns are wonderful to enjoy, however there have been several incidents of injury or loss of life as a result of them.

“The Minister is currently looking at whether voluntary regulations are having an impact in reducing such incidents and I will continue to monitor developments and take soundings locally.”

Blackrod Town Council support Farming Leaders, who want to ban the lanterns as they can create a danger to buildings, the land and livestock.

They are expecting a rise in the number of health and safety related incidents over the Christmas and New Year period.

Blackrod Town Council has urged people to think twice about the impact of the lantern after it leaves their hands and the potential consequences of where it lands.

In June, Blackrod town councillor, Graham Farrington, who owns a farm in Scot Lane, Blackrod, called for the lanterns to be banned because they were killing animals.

The floating lanterns, which work like miniature candle-powered hot air balloons, are often used at weddings and parties.

They are made using a lightweight wire frame, which Cllr Farrington says can end up being eaten by farm animals, causing them to die.

Deaths attributed to Chinese lanterns include a barn owl in Gloucestershire, a prize cow in Cheshire and three cows in Buckinghamshire.

And bosses at Manchester Airport say the lanterns, which can reach heights of one miles, pose a safety risk to aircraft if the lanterns get sucked into aircrafts' engines.

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8:45am Sat 20 Oct 12

Topsider says...

The farming community and most animal carers have been trying the route of education regarding these for some time, but the problem keeps getting worse. I think it is time for legislation to end the practice.
The farming community and most animal carers have been trying the route of education regarding these for some time, but the problem keeps getting worse. I think it is time for legislation to end the practice. Topsider
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8:53am Sat 20 Oct 12

Phil-o-so-sophical says...

I was horrified to see hundreds of these lanterns released in memory of April Jones a couple of weeks ago. What were people thinking?
How shall we celebrate the life of this poor young girl - I know, let's litter the beautiful welsh countryside with rubbish!
I would expect to be fined if I threw my rubbish around the town centre (where it can be easily collected) but people think that out of sight is out of mind - ban this 'legalised' fly-tipping now!
I was horrified to see hundreds of these lanterns released in memory of April Jones a couple of weeks ago. What were people thinking? How shall we celebrate the life of this poor young girl - I know, let's litter the beautiful welsh countryside with rubbish! I would expect to be fined if I threw my rubbish around the town centre (where it can be easily collected) but people think that out of sight is out of mind - ban this 'legalised' fly-tipping now! Phil-o-so-sophical
  • Score: 7

12:52pm Sat 20 Oct 12

firksyyyyy says...

petty people
petty people firksyyyyy
  • Score: -4

12:50am Sun 21 Oct 12

COMING@YOU says...

the should be a set disstance & space where to let these lanterns off & in a safe amount .. try having a code or lable on it so anybody that finds it can return it to be disposed of ..
the should be a set disstance & space where to let these lanterns off & in a safe amount .. try having a code or lable on it so anybody that finds it can return it to be disposed of .. COMING@YOU
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3:14am Sun 21 Oct 12

toby_jugg says...

Get a life, the lot of you...
Get a life, the lot of you... toby_jugg
  • Score: -3

7:26am Sun 21 Oct 12

Wigan Trotter says...

Any different then the rockets in fireworks?
Any different then the rockets in fireworks? Wigan Trotter
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Andy Higham says...

Wigan Trotter wrote:
Any different then the rockets in fireworks?
Yes, rockets usually land within several metres of where they are launched. chinese lanterns can travel for several miles. Rockets are Made of wood, paper and cardboard chinese lanterns have a metal wire frame
[quote][p][bold]Wigan Trotter[/bold] wrote: Any different then the rockets in fireworks?[/p][/quote]Yes, rockets usually land within several metres of where they are launched. chinese lanterns can travel for several miles. Rockets are Made of wood, paper and cardboard chinese lanterns have a metal wire frame Andy Higham
  • Score: 1

6:51pm Sun 21 Oct 12

before and after garden servies says...

defo buyin 1000 chinese lanterns, tying them all together and tying myself to them, goodbye bolton u shithole
defo buyin 1000 chinese lanterns, tying them all together and tying myself to them, goodbye bolton u shithole before and after garden servies
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