|Sky lanterns can be a major fire risk – once lit and set off into the sky you don’t know where an ignited lantern will land|
|A Scottish council has banned sky lanterns on its property and its events after the NFU Scotland wrote a letter about their impact on livestock farmers.|
The union said it would welcome both personal and public use of the lanterns being banned as they are a ‘fire risk’ and could be dangerous to livestock.
Stephen McCabe, leader for Inverclyde Council said the lanterns can cause huge damage both to the environment and to animals.
He said: “They can also put an unnecessary strain on the emergency services with people confusing them as distress flares or even UFO’s and calling 999.