Monday, June 27, 2011

'Chinese lantern causes huge fire'

A Chinese lantern is said to have caused a large fire on an industrial estate in Somerset, England.

The lanterns are popular at parties and weddings but there is a lot of concern about their use.

Farmers say they have hurt livestock, lifeboat men report more call-outs because they are mistaken for distress flares and airports have warned about lanterns beneath flight paths.

The Civil Aviation Authority says the lanterns are potentially dangerous as they could be sucked into engines, although no planes have been brought down.

Austria and Germany have banned them.



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