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Sky lanterns now prohibited

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:38 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:38 a.m. CST

Sky lanterns were recently added to the “Prohibited Consumer Fireworks” list under the Fireworks Regulation Act of Illinois. This prohibits the sale or use of sky lanterns in the state of Illinois.

Sky lanterns, sometimes called floating lanterns, wishing lanterns or celebration lanterns, are airborne paper lanterns. The lanterns contain a small candle or fuel cell that when lit, heats the air in the lantern, making it rise into the air. They are known to travel up to several miles from where they were originally released.

Sky lanterns have been known to cause residential and forest fires, as well as other losses. Sky lanterns also pose hazards to aviation and vehicular traffic.

Because of these fire and safety hazards, the Office of the State Fire Marshal for the State of Illinois has prohibited sky lanterns in Illinois. It is illegal to sell or use sky lanterns in the state.

For more information on Illinois fireworks laws, visit the website for the Office of the State Fire Marshal at www.sfm.illinois.gov/commercial/pyrotechnicsfireworks/index.aspx .

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