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Sky Lanterns Are Illegal

sky lanternsAs summer draws closer, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding the public of laws concerning sky lanterns.
The sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by a flame that resemble a small hot air balloons.
Fire officials say the sky lanterns can be dangerous to property and life.
Tennessee lawmakers in 2011 passed legislation stating the lanterns are special fireworks, and can be purchased and used only by individuals with a professional license. These include a certified flame effect operator, certified outdoor display operator or certified pyrotechnic operator.
The sky lanterns are also banned at Bonnaroo this year, which kicks off this week in Manchester, Tennessee.