Users could be prosecuted and held liable for damages; sky lanterns have caused fires and serious harm elsewhere
By Miriam Raftery
July 27, 2017 (Lake Morena Village) – Residents in Lake Morena Village are fired up over dangers posed by illegal sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, launched in the area in recent weeks. Sky lanterns are illegal in at least 30 states, including California due to fire dangers.
Claudia Millerbragg, moderator of the Campo-Lake Morena Neighborhood Watch Forum, says she found one in her yard about three months ago. Since then, she told East County Magazine, “Community members have seen four different ones in the sky in the past couple of weeks. Usually Saturday night.”
Millerbragg says she spoke with Captain Cox at the Lake Morena Fire Station. “This is what he stated,” she posted on the Neighborhood Watch Facebook page yesterday. “1. If a fire lantern lands in your yard, pick it up with gloves on and put in a paper bag. Call the station or main Calfire number. 2. Video any lantern being lit or just leaving property. Call 911. And it is against the law to fire off the lantern.”