Reno Fire Department warns sky lanterns pose fire danger

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Updated: 6/21/2013 11:50 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Due to the unpredictability and difficulty in controlling them, the Reno Fire Department wants to remind residents that the use of sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns or paper lanterns) pose a serious fire danger and threat to life safety.

Sky lanterns are typically made from rice paper and bamboo and come in a variety shapes and sizes. A lighted candle or similar fuel compartment is located at the base of the lantern. Once heated the air is trapped inside the paper lantern which causes it to rise into the sky.

For more information on fire safety contact the Reno Fire Department’s Division of Fire Prevention at 334-2300.
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