Flying lanterns take a toll on the farm

“Flying Lanterns,” a type of firework which resembles a small paper hot-air balloon fuelled by an open flame, are being labelled a threat by the office of the Ontario Fire Marshall.  When released, the hot air produced by the fire source can carry the lanterns to extreme heights, where they can drift for long distances before the flame is depleted and they return to Earth. They’re often released in large numbers at one time for effect, and the Fire Marshall warns there is potential for these little flying fireballs to land on trees, rooftops or in tall grass while still ignited.

Better Farming - November 2012