sky lanterns

sky lanterns:

  • The fire in the Krefeld zoo was presumably triggered by so-called sky lanterns.
  • They are intended to create a cosy atmosphere at festivals.
  • However, because the open fire poses a great fire risk, the use of lanterns is not permitted in any federal state.

The investigators assume that so-called sky lanterns started the fire in a monkey house in Krefeld. They were kindled by a family, a mother and her two daughters.

The suspected cause of the fire had ordered five lights without apparent prohibition notices on the Internet. They did not know that use was prohibited.

It is difficult to say whether the ban on fireworks in many cities led to more lanterns being bought this time than in previous years since their use is officially prohibited.

The city of Krefeld has also not yet issued a ban on fireworks. When asked whether the accused had deliberately decided against Böller and for a quiet sky lantern, a police representative said: "Yes.

They really wanted to send them upstairs with good wishes - without thinking about the consequences." In principle, sky lanterns work like a hot air balloon.

A fire warms the air inside the lantern. The difference in density between the warm and cold air ensures that the lanterns can rise to heights of around 400 meters and cover more than five kilometres.

The flying objects are constructed from light materials such as bamboo, wire and rice paper. A cotton candle or fuel paste is often used as a heat source. This open fire poses a great fire risk if the lanterns fly into or on buildings, for example.

A Chinese warlord called Kong Ming invented the lanterns as a means of communication about 2000 years ago, which is why the construction is still often referred to as the Kong Ming lantern.

Lucky lantern or wish light is also named under which the articles are sold. They are intended to create a cosy atmosphere at festivals.

Sky Lanterns - Penalties up to 10,000 euros:

Trading with it is not prohibited in Germany, but it is de facto nationwide. Even if the regulations are not uniform because each state has issued its own regulations, letting the lanterns go up is prohibited everywhere.

Violators face severe penalties. In Schleswig-Holstein, it is up to 10,000 euros. A permit is required in Berlin - due to a possible danger to air traffic over the capital, this is generally not granted by the German air traffic control.

At the request of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Interior Ministry of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania denied media reports that a ban issued in 2009 had been softened two years later.

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, it is forbidden without exception to let sky lanterns ascend," said the authority.

A serious accident with a sky lantern in 2009 triggered the bans that have since been gradually introduced.

At the time, a ten-year-old boy died in Siegen in North Rhine-Westphalia when his neighbour let such a lantern rise and set the house in which the boy lived on fire.

The German Fire Brigade Association (DFV) expressly supports the continued existence of the bans.

From the DFV, warning and application information only have a declaratory effect and are not sufficient to minimize danger," the association informed SZ when asked.

An alternative to sky lanterns include balloons that are equipped with a light gas and LED lights or a glow stick.

There is no fire hazard in this case, but both the plastic of the balloons, the batteries of the LED lights and the chemicals of the glow stick pose a potential danger to the environment.


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