December 29, 2010
lanterns warning for Burnham-On-Sea New Year revellers
Berrow farmer has urged residents in Burnham-On-Sea not to let
off Chinese lanterns during this weekend's New Year festivities
after six of the burning objects landed within a few metres of
her hay barn this week.
Welland, from Faircott Farm, told Burnham-On-Sea.com the lanterns
which came down on Christmas Night could easily have caused a
fire and threatened 22 horses in stables nearby.
lanterns came from the Burnham direction and could so easily have
set our hay and barn alight and threatened the horses. I would
urge residents not to let them off over the New Year," she
pose a big risk not only to crops and buildings, but the wire
frames often break up in the air and can get into animal feed."
added: "It's ridiculous that some shops in Burnham are selling
them for just 99p each - it shouldn't be allowed."
lanterns might look lovely for a short time, but the consequences
can be serious and are completely out of the control of the buyer.
If I'd had a fire here, I would have tried to trace the owner
and sued them."
says she is keen for the UK to follow several other countries
around the world in banning the lanterns.
feel strongly that they should be banned. China, Australia and
Germany have already outlawed them, so we should consider it too."
to the risk of the burning lanterns being mistaken for emergency
flares, HM Coastguard must be informed before they are launched.
photo shows horse owner Martine Hazleton holding one of the charred
Chinese lanterns which landed at the Berrow farm