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May 15, 2013

Sedgwick County Commission bans sky lanterns

Sky lanterns, basically miniature hot-air balloons fueled by fire, are banned in Sedgwick County, commissioners voted Wednesday.

Sky lanterns, basically miniature hot-air balloons fueled by fire, are banned in Sedgwick County, commissioners voted Wednesday.

Tavis Leake, fire marshal for Sedgwick County Fire District 1, said the aerial luminaries, popular at weddings, haven’t been a problem locally but are cause for concern.

He said the lanterns float away from where they’re launched and can land on other people’s property and houses, catching fire.

Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution banning their sale and use.

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