Sky lanterns could become problem

By Chase Jordan
Junction City Daily Union – April 10, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 17, 2014

Sky lanterns may look mesmerizing while floating high in the sky, but Geary County Rural Fire Chief Garry Berges believes it can be dangerous.

“Last year across the state, they caused several fires,” he said.

Therefore, Berges is working to ban the miniature hot air balloons which contain a small flame.

He’s currently working with professionals from the Junction City Fire Department on the matter.

Berges was recently contacted by a fireworks vendor about acquiring the lanterns.

Because of its design, Berges said the lantern is not technically a firework.

When released in the sky, Berges said the sky lanterns can travel for miles and can be hazardous.

“If they stayed up and dissipated in the air; it would be fine,” he said. “But they don’t.”

Berges provides fire report

Berges reported 67 fires have occurred so far in 2014.

Last year, about 36 fires transpired during the same time period.

More than 250 hours have been spent responding to incidents.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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