Sky lanterns or flying lanterns, as they are also commonly called, are expected to be the subject of discussion at Huntsville’s Operations and Protective Services Committee.
The issue was raised by Councillor Tim Withey at Huntsville Council’s August 26, 2019 meeting held in Port Sydney. Withey said he’d been approached by a Port Sydney resident a couple of times regarding the danger posed by the lanterns.
“He’s contacted me because people are lighting off those lanterns, those floating lanterns that actually have fire underneath them and they float away,” said Withey. “I mean he’s actually had them landing on his roof. So they’re quite dangerous, like really dangerous, they can light the forest on fire.”
The lanterns have been banned in places like Kawartha Lakes, Windsor, and Ottawa. Could Huntsville be next?
The issue was forwarded to the committee for further discussion.
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