Ban the sale and use of sky lanterns in Ontario

Ban the sale and use of sky lanterns in Ontario

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Greg Gummerson started this petition to Ministry of the solicitor general and

A sky lantern works like a hot air balloon. The candle flame bellow the shell warms up the air inside it, causing the lantern to float up and stay airborne until the candle is extinguished.  Stiff edges near the bottom of the shell are meant to keep the flame away from the potentially flammable material. However, the lantern can malfunction or be swept by wind, bringing it into contact with dry vegetation or flammable materials on the ground.

Besides the possibilities of wind, malfunction, another and larger factor is human error.  Poor judgement in usage.

In 2013, a man in US state of Washington started a 500-acre (202-hectar) wildfire after his sky lantern floated into a hillside. In the same year, 13 UK firefighters were injured in a huge fire which saw 100,000 tons of plastic recycling material burst into flames in Birmingham. At the time, authorities said the blaze was caused by a lantern landing in the depot. In 2018, UK farmers, animal rights activists, and lawmakers decried the use sky lanterns after one of them landed on a horse and set its tail on fire. Most recently, German investigators said that floating lanterns caused a New Year's Eve fire which killed monkeys and apes in the Krefeld Zoo.

These fire hazards are real in Ontario. Lakeshores are a popular spot to launch them, and the burning lanterns that don’t come back to land and possible damage personal property end up polluting lakes and beaches.

Sign this petition to stop the sale and usage of sky lanterns in Ontario 

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