UK retailer calls for ban on Chinese lanterns after fire

One retailer halts sale of Chinese Lanterns, calls on others across the UK to do the same.

BBC News – Poundland withdraws Chinese lanterns from sale.

Poundland will stop selling Chinese lanterns after one, not sold by the company, sparked a huge fire.

More than 200 firefighters attended a blaze involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic in Smethwick in the West Midlands on Sunday.

“We have made a decision to stop selling lanterns and recalled all remaining stock from stores,” a Poundland spokesperson said.

The government has refused to ban the lanterns nationwide.

Not only do they spark fires but they are likely a very high cause of UFO reports.

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I do hope that this ban will follow in the U.S. since areas of the US are highly prone to fires especially in the summer months when these devices are released as part of weddings or other celebrations. Floating fire is a pretty thing but kind of a bad idea these days.

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  3 comments for “UK retailer calls for ban on Chinese lanterns after fire

  1. Peebs
    July 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    It should be noted that these horrible things, when they land in a field, are quite often ingested by cattle. Causing all kinds of damage to the Gastrointestinal tract.

    I think being mistaken for UFOs is way down on the list of problems.

  2. Richard
    July 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I live in the Detroit area; one of my friends reported his neighbor launched a bunch of these things on the night of the 4th of July, not realizing that wind may interfere with a strictly vertical ascent: at least one of the lanterns blew onto his roof, got tangled with the cable dish wires, and set the roof on fire. He took some digital pictures but they didn’t turn out well 🙁

  3. Richard
    July 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I apologize, my use of pronouns left a significant ambiguity: the fire happened to the person doing the launching, not to my friend. HOWEVER the neighbors called a meeting of the homeowner’s association and had a … strongly worded …. conversation with the lantern launcher.

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