Bushfire risk sees sky lanterns banned

Bushfire risk sees sky lanterns banned

2 October 2009

published by www.watoday.com.au

Australia —

A popular wedding and festival decoration has been banned from sale in WA due to concerns it could spark bushfires.

Sky lanterns will not be able to be sold in the state for the next 18 months. Those caught doing so could face fines of up to $100,000 for companies and $20,000 for individuals.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the lanterns, usually made from paper or fabric, used an open flame as a heat source to lift them into the air, and could still be alight when they eventually fell to the ground.

“There are reports they have caused fires in other countries,” she said.

“With summer and the bushfire season just around the corner, they are particularly dangerous in an Australian context with the real possibility of causing serious fires and injuries.”

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