March 27, 2014
Photograph by: Mitchell Cal
“They were bright red and were slightly moving,” Cal reported when sharing the picture with The TIMES that night. “I don’t think they were candle lanterns, as they were so bright,” he said.
But other reports, after The TIMES posted his image to Facebook, indicate they were likely wish lanterns.
So, while Pitt Meadows assistant fire chief Brad Perrie received no UFO calls this weekend, he was disappointed to hear these lanterns might still be in use.
“They’re not allowed,” Perrie said, explaining how they’re sometimes used during weddings and memorials.
They’re hazardous, he elaborated. While they’re still sold, he hopes they’ll soon be prohibited – like fireworks. It’s not just that they’re littering. When these lanterns come back down to the ground, the candles are often still burning. That flame usually ignites the paper or plastic container and consequently starts a fire in trees, rooftops, and grass.
“They can be dangerous,” Perrie said. – Maple Ridge Times .
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