CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Thin paper lanterns lit by candles that send them floating aloft have been popular for centuries in Asia. But in the U.S., the National Association of State Fire Marshals wants them banned as uncontrolled fire hazards.
New Hampshire Fire Marshal Bill Degnan says once released, the wind decides where to deposit the paper lanterns. He says they have ended up in trees and on tents set up at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In July, a fire blamed on a sky lantern at a plastic recycling plant in Britain caused $9 million in damage.
State Sen. Nancy Stiles has filed a bill to add New Hampshire to a list of states that ban their sale. Degnan banned their release last year, but wants to block their sale as well.
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