Sky lanterns illegal in Oregon starting January 1

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Sky lanterns illegal in Oregon starting January 1

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:59 am

Sky lanterns illegal in Oregon starting January 1
Anyone caught releasing sky lanterns could face $2,000 fine

KOIN 6 News Staff Published: December 27, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Beginning January 1, it will be illegal to release sky lanterns in Oregon, the state fire marshal announced.

Sky lanterns — also known as aerial luminaries, Chinese lanterns, mini hot air balloons, UFO balloons or wish lanterns — are paper sacks suspended over a flame, usually from a small candle.

The flame creates hot air and causes the balloons to rise and carry off into the wind.

“Although they are pretty, sky lanterns are uncontrolled, open-flamed devices that pose an extreme fire hazard,” Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said in a press release.

Depending on where they land, the lanterns could spark unwanted fires.

Anyone caught releasing sky lanterns into Oregon airspace after January 1, 2017 is subject to a Class A violation with a maximum penalty of $2,000.

Other states and countries like Germany, Australia and Brazil outlawed the lanterns.

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