Tennessee fire marshal issues reminder of sky lantern ban

With the summer’s festival season approaching, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding revelers that it is illegal to fly flame-fueled sky lanterns in Tennessee without a professional fireworks license.

Also known as Chinese or wish lanterns, they can cause fires on the ground or on rooftops when they land and can also be a hazard to livestock that might consume them.

Under a 2011 state law, sky lanterns can be confiscated and destroyed if found in the possession of anyone without a proper license for flame effects, pyrotechnics or outdoor displays.

According to the fire marshal’s office, sky lanterns pose an additional danger this year because of dry conditions in many areas of the state.

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