By Associated Press • 

Oregon bans use of Chinese lanterns in 2017

PORTLAND — Oregon residents will no longer be allowed to release sky lanterns into the air under a new law set to take effect in 2017.

KGW-TV reports that starting Jan. 1, people caught releasing the lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, will face fines of up to $2,000.

A sky lantern is a paper sack suspended over a flame, usually from a small candle. The hot air from the flame causes the balloon to rise into the sky and be carried off by the wind.

Oregon Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple says the lanterns are uncontrolled and “pose an extreme fire hazard to people, property and the environment.”


Information from: KGW-TV,



I, for one, welcome our nanny-state overlords.


I wonder, does this cover fire kites, too, or is there still time?

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