Chinese lanterns: Spain has banned these dangerous toys. Now we should too.

Today’s the Chinese new year, the first day of the Year of the Dragon. But the recent vogue for marking this and other events with flying lanterns has caused concern that is spreading across Europe. The UK Government remains under pressure to ban so-called ‘Chinese’ lanterns, or sky lanterns after the products were prohibited from sale or use in Spain.

Abandoned Chinese lantern (c) James Illingworth

Lantern waste? An abandoned sky lantern on a golf course.

The Spanish authorities said the flying lanterns, a signal of good luck and hope, posed a risk of burns and fire because, after launching, they fly through the air without control. Continue reading Chinese lanterns: Spain has banned these dangerous toys. Now we should too.