|The classic view of sky lanterns [photo: Wikipedia commons]|
|Really a mini-hot air balloon: you can see the open flame [photo: Wikipedia commons]|
The party goers must have set off the sky laterns as part of the festivities and although they must have looked lovely rising in the air, we doubt anyone gave much thought to what happens when they finish burning and where they land.
|Just some of our collection of spent lanterns|
|One of the spent sky lanterns, blackened burnt-out sponge at centre|
There is a growing concern about their potential to cause crop or building fires and harm animals that may eat/get caught up in the wire frame remains. Several countries in South America have banned them. In Brazil launching sky lanterns is an environmental crime. They are illegal in most parts of Germany and in Australia retail sale has been banned since 2011 - though not their possession or use. As far as we have been able to find out there are no restrictions on their use here in France.