Call to boycott Chinese lanterns at Halloween

CLA employee Donna Tavernor with Chinese Lantern found in a Midlands field
CLA employee Donna Tavernor with Chinese Lantern found in a Midlands field

A lobby group are urging people not to use Chinese Lanterns during Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities because of the dangers that they create.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), who campaign on behalf of landowners in Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, said that people should boycott the lanterns because they believe that the threat of fire they create out weights their “aesthetic appeal.”

CLA regional chief Nicola Currie said: “Manufacturers and importers defend their products as an environmentally friendly way for people to enjoy themselves, but it is becoming increasingly clear they are nothing more than a potential lethal fire risk.

“Other countries - including parts of China – have seen fit to ban their use as the list of problems they have caused grows ever longer.

“I would urge anyone considering using sky lanterns to think again. Even open countryside in parts of the East Midlands contains houses, farms, farmland and woodland where people’s and animals’ lives could be put at risk.”

Chinese Lanterns are flame propelled, constructed from paper, wire and bamboo, and were used at celebrations in the Asian country but have become increasingly popular around the world.

The call from the CLA follows news that Defra is to investigate the level of risk Chinese Lanterns pose to the environment, livestock and crops.

The government Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra), have said that they will be investigating the level of risk the lanterns pose to the environment, livestock and crops.

A Defra spokesman said: “Given the concerns and complaints that are being made about the damage sky lanterns can do, we want to find out just what effect they are having on farming and the environment.”