Couple in call to ban Chinese lanterns

Worcester News: Couple in call to ban Chinese lanterns Couple in call to ban Chinese lanterns

A COUPLE have called for Chinese lanterns to be banned after waking up on New Year's Day to find one in their garden.

The lantern did not cause any damage but David and Pamela Hodson, of Aston Drive, Poolbrook, Malvern, feel they have had a lucky escape.

“It landed on the grass and must have gone out,” said Mrs Hodson.

“But it’s frightening to think what could have happened.

“It could have landed on our conservatory and melted the plastic. It landed only a few feet away from our patio, with its covered furniture. If it hadn’t been so wet, there would have been a real risk it would have set things on fire.”

Chinese fire lanterns have been blamed for two major fires in the West Midlands region in recent months, and fire chiefs and countryside groups have called for a ban.

Malvern town councillor Martin Lawrence is backing the call.

He said: “While Chinese lanterns remain on sale, residents will not be able to resist them.

“I will contact trading standards and our MP with a request that they consider what can be done.”

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2:47pm Fri 3 Jan 14

nicki1967 says...

I agree that the things should be banned. They are dangerous to wildlife as can get tangles round animals. At least any damage to property is fixable. Annoying and inconvenient, but fixable.
I agree that the things should be banned. They are dangerous to wildlife as can get tangles round animals. At least any damage to property is fixable. Annoying and inconvenient, but fixable. nicki1967
  • Score: 2

4:28pm Fri 3 Jan 14

robby1234 says...

We should all think twice before buying anything from China.
Ever wondered where the little furry bits found on imported clothing comes from.
Watch this video and find out.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=J_qCbZVdU
hY
We should all think twice before buying anything from China. Ever wondered where the little furry bits found on imported clothing comes from. Watch this video and find out. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=J_qCbZVdU hY robby1234
  • Score: -5

8:31pm Fri 3 Jan 14

tub_thumper says...

New Year's Eve would've been a stupid time to set off a lantern - it was wet and windy. Chinese Lanterns should be launched in very calm conditions.

@robbie1234 - that's a bit naive that all Chinese Lanterns come from China!

Regardless, there's only been two major blazes caused by lanterns this year compared to the hundreds that's probably been cause by fireworks and bonfires!
New Year's Eve would've been a stupid time to set off a lantern - it was wet and windy. Chinese Lanterns should be launched in very calm conditions. @robbie1234 - that's a bit naive that all Chinese Lanterns come from China! Regardless, there's only been two major blazes caused by lanterns this year compared to the hundreds that's probably been cause by fireworks and bonfires! tub_thumper
  • Score: 3

12:56am Sat 4 Jan 14

rikdangerous says...

bore off. I bet your house is full of things from china-most you wouldn't even realise.
bore off. I bet your house is full of things from china-most you wouldn't even realise. rikdangerous
  • Score: 7

9:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Crazymum says...

Seriously? If it's on the ground, it's gone out already and therefore no risk to their conservatory, furniture or anything else. The article clearly states no damage was caused, so it's a bit of a none story isn't it? . Really... some people know nothing!
Seriously? If it's on the ground, it's gone out already and therefore no risk to their conservatory, furniture or anything else. The article clearly states no damage was caused, so it's a bit of a none story isn't it? . Really... some people know nothing! Crazymum
  • Score: 3

2:57pm Sun 12 Jan 14

eileen.eph91@icloud.com says...

I quite agree to ban these Chinese lanterns, what if they go on farmers stored hay which is housing a lot of animals? I used to work on a farm and have seen what fire can do. The cattle can do harm by trying to eat them, that will be their life cut short , I'm afraid. They are a big risk to any houses or large estates. Ban them NOW. EPH
I quite agree to ban these Chinese lanterns, what if they go on farmers stored hay which is housing a lot of animals? I used to work on a farm and have seen what fire can do. The cattle can do harm by trying to eat them, that will be their life cut short , I'm afraid. They are a big risk to any houses or large estates. Ban them NOW. EPH eileen.eph91@icloud.com
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