Are “Lantern” Fireworks Safe?

Fireworks shot into the sky tend to go wherever they want.

But what about those that simply float away?

These glowing sky lanterns were snapped up at stands all over the metro area last year.

The way they work is there's a charcoal pad that's lit, the balloon fills up with hot air and is released.

We wondered what safety factors they contained to prevent fires from happening when the hot remnants land.

“The balloon itself is made of a material that does not ignite right away with flame,” Adison Thompson of the Bellevue Little Theater Fireworks stand said. “The piece that burns that gets the balloon to fill up with hot air will go out before the bag actually sets on fire.”

And with any fireworks we need to follow the directions on the packaging. For example, sky lanterns are not to be released anywhere near airports.


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