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Poll results: What About Them ?

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  • Have you seen, light, released one ?

    6 33.33%
  • They are banned in many states don't you know ?

    4 22.22%
  • I want some ?

    3 16.67%
  • This is 'merica don't be telling me what I can or can't do ?

    5 27.78%
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Thread: Sky Lanterns ?

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    Cyburbian Plus
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    Sky Lanterns ?

    They are banned in many states don't you know ?

    Fire danger

    bans include California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington,
    Last edited by JNA; 18 Aug 2014 at 9:51 PM.
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    Cyburbian jsk1983's avatar
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    The one time I used them it got stuck in a tree. Luckily we got it down before anything happened, although I'd guess it would of just burned itself out.

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    Cyburbian Wannaplan?'s avatar
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    Seems like a bad idea. Where do they land? In the forest? In someone's front yard? On top of a big box store? Seems like litter floating on flames...

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    ArtPrize 2012

    The entry folks first stated that there would be a couple thousand...



    More pics here
    https://www.google.com/search?q=art+...w=1024&bih=686

    While he describes it as “one of the nicest, most beautiful things we’ve had happen in Grand Rapids,” City Manager Greg Sundstrom also was “quite upset” to see 15,000 sky lanterns aloft downtown on Friday, Sept. 28.

    He and the event organizers behind the entry that placed fifth in this year’s ArtPrize said they agreed that the launch would include only 2,500 lanterns...

    Mayor George Heartwell said he worried for a few moments during the event that lanterns he saw launched on the east side of the Grand River could inflame a building.

    “I’m thankful the event came off,” he said. “The event was spectacular and I’d approve it again, but we thought we had a set of protective measures in place and they violated the agreement. We did what we could to mitigate the risks.”

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    I've seen them, and agree - floating, flaming litter.

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    I've seen them and agree they're a potential fire waiting to happen. They do look cool, though.
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    We see them every year despite all the warnings that they come down and light up wheat fields in a second. Still pretty though.
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    Only seen them in videos. Banned in NH.
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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    The entry folks first stated that there would be a couple thousand...



    More pics here
    https://www.google.com/search?q=art+...w=1024&bih=686

    While he describes it as “one of the nicest, most beautiful things we’ve had happen in Grand Rapids,” City Manager Greg Sundstrom also was “quite upset” to see 15,000 sky lanterns aloft downtown on Friday, Sept. 28.

    He and the event organizers behind the entry that placed fifth in this year’s ArtPrize said they agreed that the launch would include only 2,500 lanterns...

    Mayor George Heartwell said he worried for a few moments during the event that lanterns he saw launched on the east side of the Grand River could inflame a building.

    “I’m thankful the event came off,” he said. “The event was spectacular and I’d approve it again, but we thought we had a set of protective measures in place and they violated the agreement. We did what we could to mitigate the risks.”
    It was an amazing site. We were eating dinner at B-dubs in downtown and watched as they filled the sky.

    To my knowledge, even though the number of lanterns more than doubled, there was no issues and no homes caught on fire. However that is not always the case. LINK
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    We were sitting on the beach on 4th of July when some neighbors a few houses down let a few of them off and I thought they looked pretty but both my MIL and FIL made repeated comments about the fire risk, especially since they seemed to float out a bit over the lake and then eventually drift back towards the shore and the houses each time.
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