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Sky Lanterns cause bonfire night nuisance
9:11am Friday 2nd November 2012 in News
Revellers are being reminded to take care this bonfire night before lighting sky lanterns to limit the damage they can cause to the countryside.
Although sky lanterns are increasingly popular during celebrations, they can travel miles before coming down and the burnt-out remains of lanterns can injure livestock and litter the area where they fall.
“We all enjoy bonfire night celebrations – but I want people to be aware of the potential impact of sky lanterns and consider alternatives, particularly while we investigate their true impact on animals and the environment."
The Government has launched an independent study to assess the risks sky lanterns pose to livestock, crops and the environment and to see what could be done to address concerns that people have about them.
Mr Heath continued: “This investigation will find out just what effect sky lanterns are having on farming and the environment.
“Given the concerns being raised about sky lanterns, I want to find out as much as possible about their impact – especially the ways other countries have dealt with them – to make sure we can make sure we can all enjoy bonfire night and other celebrations safely.”