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CLA East calls for a sky lanterns ban in Lincolnshire

By RCousins_LE  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

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CLA East is appealing for local authorities in Lincolnshire responsible for issuing Entertainment Licences to take action and prohibit the use of sky lanterns also known as Chinese lanterns.

With the festive season the CLA which is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales fears that it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident.

CLA East Regional Director Nicola Currie said: “Sky lanterns are serious fire hazards, they also endanger the lives of grazing livestock as well as other wildlife, and create unnecessary litter.

“Those releasing lanterns have no idea of the hazard they pose, nor do they consider the implications of releasing a naked flame with absolutely no control over where it will land.

“Lanterns that land in fields can get chopped up when farmers mow for silage or hay, resulting in fragments of wire in the forage.

"Cows, which naturally tend to chew things to check them out, get the wire trapped in their gut, resulting in an agonising, slow death for the animal.”

Many countries have already banned the use of sky lanterns, including Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Spain Germany and parts of the USA.

CLA East is looking to collect evidence of damage caused by sky lanterns to take to Government.

Those who have experienced problems caused by sky lanterns falling on their land should contact east@cla.org.uk, call 01638 590429, or address tweets to @CLAEast

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  December 18 2013, 7:03PM

    Stop being such boring people CLA! What about all the junk, old machinery and plastic fertiliser bags that farmers and land owners leave all over the place? That is a bigger hazard.

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