Planning on releasing "air lanterns"?
Palo Pinto County commissioners will look at banning the use of those during periods of a burn ban at a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the courthouse.
"A sky lantern, also known as Kongming lantern or Chinese lantern, is a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended," Wikipedia noted.
"In Asia and elsewhere, sky lanterns have been traditionally made for centuries, to be launched for play or as part of festivities. In recent years there has been growing concern about their potential to cause crop or building fires and harm animals that may eat their remains. Several countries have banned them for that reason."
There have been a number of reports of these being released at Possum Kingdom Lake, an area that has been hit hard with wildfires the last two years.
According to Mark Lockerman, sky lanterns are treated in Texas as a novelty item and cannot be sold at fireworks stands.
"The county can ban these, whatever they want to include," he said.
Sky lanterns have also been referred to as sky candles or fire balloons, however, the latter term is also used to refer to balloon munitions used during World War II.