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City commissioners agree to ban Chinese lanterns

October 9, 2012

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From now on in Lawrence, that bright light up in the sky had better be the sun, or a maybe a comet or perhaps even a UFO, but definitely not a Chinese lantern.

Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously agreed to ban “aerial luminaries” from being used inside the city limits.

“The use of these devices is really becoming a problem across the globe,” Fire Chief Mark Bradford told commissioners. “We fully support the banning of this type of device as a prevention effort.”

The aerial lanterns are like miniature hot-air balloons that usually are fueled by an open flame inside a paper sack-like contraption.

Bradford said there have been reports of the devices rising high enough to interfere with aircraft, and sometimes the flame is not fully extinguished by the time it hits the ground.

Commissioners heard no opposition from the public regarding the ban.

“You’re suggesting having a large paper bag with a candle in it floating around the city is a bad idea?” City Commissioner Aron Cromwell asked Bradford. “I can probably see that.”

The cities of Wichita, Derby, McPherson, Emporia and Kansas City already have banned the luminaries, according to a city memo. Lawrence’s ordinance allows the city’s Municipal Court judge to assess a fine ranging from $1 to $1,000 for violation of the ordinance.

Comments

joes_donuts 2 years, 2 months ago

How many houses have caught on fire in Kansas from Chinese Lanterns? Or for that matter, how many in the US? This seems a little rediculous to me that we are worried about Chinese Lanterns. I have never seen one but our government must think they are a threat to our national security....

Lets get government back to the real issues, rather than making stupid laws that will not ever be inforced (see Firework Ban, Noice ordinance, Nusance Ordinance, 4 unrelated people oridinance, no couches on porches ordinance, etc....)

Budgets_Smudgets 2 years, 2 months ago

Bradford admitted that there had be NO confirmed reports of this occurring anywhere in the Nation.

classclown 2 years, 2 months ago

Living in Lawrence is like being catholic. If it's fun then it's bad. Therefore it must be banned.

Fred Mertz 2 years, 2 months ago

Banned just like fireworks. We see how well that works each 4th of July.

Robert Wells 2 years, 2 months ago

hey Joe Heres an idea. Let s forget about the drought conditions and let anybody who who wants too light a fire and send it into to the atmosphere only to fall back down to somebodies yard and possibly burn down a house with very old or very young inside it, to the ground..... What do you think we hire people in Goverment to do for us???? Laws are on the books for a reason. Now go get your shovel ready to clean your sidewalk off when it snows!!!!!!!

joes_donuts 2 years, 2 months ago

Drought has nothing to do with this passing. And anyone who wants to light a fire and send it into the atmosphere can still do that (and good luck finding the person). A lantern sent off in Lawrence will probably end up in Eudora before it even comes close to the ground.

This is just another rediculous law that will never be enforced (unlike the sidewalk shoveling!!).

hyperinflate 2 years, 2 months ago

Uh, you sound like a D- philosophy student. Maybe try again, perhaps?

Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

"“The use of these devices is really becoming a problem across the globe,” Fire Chief Mark Bradford told commissioners." Not a problem in the Sahara Desert, the Gibson Desert or around the various and sundry Poles.

classclown 2 years, 2 months ago

"Bradford said there have been reports of the devices rising high enough to interfere with aircraft, and sometimes the flame is not fully extinguished by the time it hits the ground"

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Did he cite any sources of these reports? If these things really were interfering with aircraft, the federal government would have gotten involved.

I think the outcome was already determined and they just needed to offer something as evidence so these reports came out of his behind.

riverdrifter 2 years, 2 months ago

Said it before and I'll say it again: on the 4th, Baldwin City is the Dodge City of fireworks. Haven't seen anything burn down yet as a result.

classclown 2 years, 2 months ago

You know what's fun? Hydrogen filled balloons! Fill them up with hydrogen, tie about two feet of string to it, light the string on fire, and release the balloon.

Way awesome!

booyalab 2 years, 2 months ago

I find it humorous that we elect people to think of things that we can't do.

clovis_sangrail 2 years, 2 months ago

I made something like that when I was in high school using a cleaner's sack, some kite cross pieces and a couple of birthday candles.

It went way high, then came down in the yard at Holy Name school, where it caught a Catholic tree on fire. When it hit the tree and the cleaner's sack came into contact with the still burning candle, it was "Flame On!!"

It was a religious experience, an epiphany, if you will, not at all unlike Moses and the burning bush, except Moses didn't have to leg it back to the tent before the cops showed up.

It was not a very big tree, and fortunately, there were no other trees close by.

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