Lanterns, Balloons and Fireworks

Closes 12 Feb 2023

Sky Lanterns

Sky lanterns might look pretty but they are a serious danger to animals and the countryside.

Essentially a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a candle is suspended, sky lanterns can float for miles before they fall to the ground.

Every year up to 200,000 sky lanterns are released in the UK. These “floating flames” are highly dangerous.

They can:

  • Start wildfires
  • Kill animals
  • Destroy food growing in fields
  • Set homes and buildings alight

The National Fire Chiefs Council has highlighted the issues with sky lanterns which you can read here.

Are you aware that sky lanterns are harmful to the environment and wildlife?
Havering Council is considering banning the release of sky lanterns from Council owned and managed land. Do you agree with this proposal?
Havering Council is considering refusing the sale of sky lanterns at any council event. Do you agree with this proposal?