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To think ''Chinese Lanterns'' should be banned?

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ThatGingerOne Fri 28-Oct-16 00:19:23

Seen several posts now of horses being horrifically injured from the lanterns landing on them. Other stories of course about them starting fires too. Does anyone else agree they're too dangerous to be used?

fabulousfun Fri 28-Oct-16 00:21:24

Agree totally - we have loads of sheep and I'm scared that they will be injured or terrified by these!

helpimitchy Fri 28-Oct-16 00:21:32

Probably should if they're causing harm to animals and causing damage to property sad

shadowfax07 Fri 28-Oct-16 00:23:10

YADNBU - horrible things!

Lexilooo Fri 28-Oct-16 00:23:43

Not in the slightest bit unreasonable, they are pointless and dangerous. I have been sharing anti Chinese lantern stuff for years.

GiddyOnZackHunt Fri 28-Oct-16 00:25:39

They do seem unnecessarily risky.

HappyCamel Fri 28-Oct-16 00:27:18

YANBU - I went to a wedding where we all had to let them go at the same time. I hid in the loo...for 40 minutes...while they faffed about lighting them, taking photos and letting them go!

MaryPoppinsPenguins Fri 28-Oct-16 00:27:50

We were at a party once where they were lit and two got caught in trees and burned for ages. They are so dangerous.

EveryDayIsASchoolDay Fri 28-Oct-16 00:29:53

I think they look pretty floating on water or whatever but definitely not causing harm to animals / trees etc. I could definitely live without them. YADNBU

ThatGingerOne Fri 28-Oct-16 00:30:55

Brought this up as these articles caught my eye today about another horse who had been burned very badly:

Haggisfish Fri 28-Oct-16 00:31:38

I think Worcestershire has banned them.

Cherrysoup Fri 28-Oct-16 00:31:42

Hate them, I can't believe they're allowed. You have no control once they're released. A stables near us pretty much burnt down, probably due to lanterns landing. Farmer lost his entire hay crop-about £70, 000. A friend did an event recently where hundreds were released. I was horrified. Google the pics, lots of burns recently to a young event horse, older pics show a dead barn owl caught in one.

PutDownThatLaptop Fri 28-Oct-16 00:38:13

One of these set fire to a tree in my garden and had only travelled over the fence from next door.

WiltingTulip Fri 28-Oct-16 00:42:10

I agree. And balloons. sad

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Oct-16 00:45:11


There are 2 trees on my street and they're only a couple of feet from my front gate.

Last NYE my neighbour one on fire with a Chinese lantern. Thank goodness it burned out quickly.

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Oct-16 00:45:35

*Set one on fire

Sparklesilverglitter Fri 28-Oct-16 00:46:51

The council here have imposed fines for anyone caught/reported for using them

I can see why people use them and they are pretty but not good for the environment

ThatGingerOne Fri 28-Oct-16 01:00:38

PutDownThatLaptop shock What did the neighbours say? Did they offer to pay for any damage?

unlucky83 Fri 28-Oct-16 01:07:46

I agree - and also with wilting - and balloon releases. I cringe when I hear of eg a charity balloon release...where do they think most of them end up?

WeArePregnant11 Fri 28-Oct-16 01:08:43

I didn't know that... I have very special and fond memories of letting go Chinese lanterns. (I'm kind of sad these memories were just spoiled)

However, if they're dangerous... well, then that's it. No more Chinese lanterns...

madamginger Fri 28-Oct-16 01:19:51

Not only are they a fire risk, they also cause litter with bits of wire landing all over the place for animals to get caught in.
One landed on my neighbours roof, luckily it was raining or Christ knows what would have happened

PutDownThatLaptop Fri 28-Oct-16 01:21:32

ThatGingerOne they were the ones who had to put the fire out as I was not in at the time!

ThatGingerOne Fri 28-Oct-16 01:22:52

madamginger I totally agree about it not just being a fire risk, a horse was also injured when it was eating foliage and some of the wire from a lantern was caught up in it was ingested and tore up the poor things stomach. Surgery had to be perform so you can imagine the damage to the poor animal and not to mention the cost to the owners!

ThatGingerOne Fri 28-Oct-16 01:23:29

PutDownThatLaptop Bloody awful that! I would have been fuming.

GiddyOnZackHunt Fri 28-Oct-16 01:30:53

I'd be careful of dragging balloons into this. Lots of bereaved parents release a balloon on an anniversary (and that one balloon probably has far less impact than the adult that wish their child has been) and conflating the two upsets a lot of people sad
Stick to Chinese Lanterns with flames and iit' a lot simpler!

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