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Chinese lanterns banned in the state of Oregon because of fire hazard

Chinese lanterns banned in the state of Oregon because of fire hazard

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Starting Jan. 1, people caught releasing the lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, will face fines of up to $2,000. Starting Jan. 1, people caught releasing the lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, will face fines of up to $2,000.

OREGON STATE - Oregon residents will no longer be allowed to release sky lanterns into the air under a new law set to take effect in 2017. Starting Jan. 1, people caught releasing the lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, will face fines of up to $2,000.
 
A sky lantern is a paper sack suspended over a flame, usually from a small candle. The hot air from the flame causes the balloon to rise into the sky and be carried off by the wind.
 
An Oregon Chief Deputy Fire Marshal says the lanterns are uncontrolled and "pose an extreme fire hazard to people, property and the environment."

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