South Shore Towns Banning Sky Lanterns Over Fire Concerns

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Sky lanterns (WBZ-TV photo)

Sky lanterns (WBZ-TV photo)

PLYMOUTH (CBS) – At least three towns on the South Shore are doing everything they can to keep sky lanterns from lifting off in their communities.

Sky lanterns have been used often overseas to create large tributes.

But fire chiefs in Hanover, Hull and Plymouth have all banned the use of the objects in their towns.

Sky lanterns are generally made of paper with some fuel inside. When the fuel is lit, the lanterns inflate and float away.

The Plymouth chief says the problem is that no one can control or predict where those lanterns will land.

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