Dangerous sky lanterns are a major fire risk and can cause injury and death.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve revellers are being warned not to release sky lanterns as part of their celebrations due to the threat they pose to the countryside.
Each year thousands of sky lanterns are released at events across the country. Their remnants are often found in farmers’ fields where the bamboo and metal components can be easily ingested by livestock or baled in hay and silage.
The CLA has urged local authorities, community groups, and private individuals staging New Year events to not include the release of sky lanterns in their displays.
It follows numerous calls for them to be banned. While many local authorities and events organisations have implemented their own restrictions, campaigners have continued to call for a country-wide ban on the sale and use of the deadly products.
In 2013 Farmers Guardian launched its Say No to Sky Lanterns campaign in response to the large number of farmers whose livestock had been injured or killed after ingesting lantern parts.
The lanterns, powered by an open flame, also pose a major fire risk.
CLA East regional surveyor Tim Woodward said anyone who released a sky lantern ran the risk of ‘destroying someone’s home or business’.
“We want people to enjoy Christmas and the New Year celebrations, but to do so without the need to release sky lanterns – essentially they are no more than flying fire hazards,” he said.
“Those planning to release them as part of their celebrations need to take a moment to seriously consider the significant risk lanterns pose to homes, businesses and lives in urban and rural areas alike.”