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Chinese lanterns pose “very high” risk of fire, warn fire service

PUBLISHED: 11:54 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 27 July 2018

The fire service are attending the blaze. Photo: Denise Bradley

The fire service are attending the blaze. Photo: Denise Bradley

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Firefighters have warned people not to light chinese lanterns after reports of them being released in Lowestoft.

Ben Horne, an on-call firefighter, said on Twitter on Wednesday, July 25: “Just been informed that people are still setting off chinese lanterns over #Lowestoft. Please don’t as the risk of fire is very high in the current conditions.”

Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue, said: “Suffolk Fire and Rescue do not advise the use of ‘Flying Lanterns’ in normal weather conditions due to the potential for unsafe use and unwanted fires.

“With the current hot and dry weather, any use of ‘Flying Lanterns’ is likely to cause a fire, so we strongly encourage people to put them back in the draw.

He added: “With the extreme hot and dry weather set to continue, the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service encourages everyone to be extra vigilant.

“Be aware of fire risks when you are out in the open, especially near to standing crop, crop stubble or trees and undergrowth, all of which is currently tinder dry.”

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