Sky Lanterns

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Sky lanterns have become increasingly popular as a way to celebrate. However, they pose a serious fire safety hazard and their use is prohibited by the City of San Clemente Municipal Code Section 8.16.050.The lanterns are made of oiled rice paper with a bamboo frame, materials that can easily catch on fire.   A candle or wax fuel cell is used with the device.  The lit flame heats the inside of the lantern, causing it to rise into the air.  Once lit and airborne, it can travel over a mile in distance.  Wind can affect the sky lantern, blowing the sides, forcing the hot air out  and sending the flaming lantern back to the ground.  These lanterns have the potential to cause fires.  A flaming lantern can drop onto a rooftop, field, trees or power lines before the flame is fully extinguished.  A destructive fire can result when a flaming lantern reaches the ground during dry conditions.  Sky lanterns should not be used  under any circumstances.