Chippewa Falls to consider ban on sky lanterns

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Those flaming sky lanterns that have become popular to release at weddings and other special occasions, may soon be banned in Chippewa Falls. 

The lanterns are typically made of paper, with a wood, cardboard or metal frame. A candle or other open flame heats up the air inside and causes it to go up in the sky. 

The Chippewa Falls Public Safety Committee will consider a proposed ordinance next Tuesday that would prohibit launching or using them in the city, and ban them from coming into the city from neighboring communities.

Fire Chief Mike Hepfler said his fire inspector suggested the ban after they learned someone was planning to launch some during the extreme dry conditions this past spring.

He said the lanterns have been blamed for sparking fires in other communities.

If the committee recommends approval, it would still require a vote by the city council.

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