Are Sky Lanterns Legal in Nebraska


Yes! If you think about it, the fireworks are the same. These are open flames that can hit homes and cause fires, but they say, “Banish floating lanterns! They are more dangerous than fireworks than exploding! Also in England, cows were killed after eating the remains of celestial lanterns that fell on the farmer`s property. In 2013, the National Association of State Fire Marshals issued a statement urging local lawmakers to ban sky lanterns and event brokers to prevent their use, saying that “there is no control over the device once it has been released,” noting that a paper balloon can float up to a mile in the air and travel several miles. Senators passed the bill by a 44-0 vote, making it illegal to sell, possess or use a flying lantern. States that have banned lanterns include California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Spain and Austria have also banned their use. After launching, they are completely out of control and can climb to 3,000 feet and later land on the ground, in trees or on structures. They lit roofs and started a fire that burned 800 acres in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2011. In May 2015, dozens of celestial lanterns were released from Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, North Carolina. The wind blew some of them into a cell phone tower and ignited it just outside the range of the water cannon of the Union Road Fire Department volunteer fire truck. If you know someone who plans to market sky lanterns on New Year`s Eve, please warn them that they are banned in 29 states, that the National Association of State Fire Marshals recommends that they be banned everywhere, and that they are illegal to use in states and cities that have adopted the International Fire Code. The bill was introduced because of concerns about fires sparked by items identified as lantern-like flying devices, sometimes referred to as “sky lanterns.” At the hearing, many Nebraska fire departments came to talk about the fires that were started by these devices in their communities. (UPDATE: On February 18, 2016, the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill that would ban celestial lanterns in the state by a 44-0 vote.

The governor signed it and made Nebraska his 30th birthday. A state that prohibits dangerous devices.) Celestial lanterns are sometimes used to celebrate a new year, a wedding, or they are thrown just for hell. Celestial lanterns – also called wish lanterns or Chinese lanterns – are floating paper luminaires from Chinese culture. But because miniature hot air balloons are lit by flames from within and can end up floating on trees and other flammable objects, Nebraska is now among at least 26 states that have banned them. Yes Candace, these things should be illegal for all occasions. They light far too many fires. Would you still be for them if someone burned your house? Here is a link to information about the legality of celestial lanterns in California. (The map above is our estimate, based on internet research, of states that ban sky lanterns. We do not claim that it is 100% correct and assume no responsibility for how it may be used.) An Alaskan airport had to divert air traffic when several skylights flew into the airspace needed for the planes. Several family members were injured when the driver of their car drove off a road to avoid hitting a sky lantern. With 4 light festivals in California in the next 4 months, how is it illegal in California??? A bill banning flying lanterns that use a flame to float in the air has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature.

I have a problem with the logic of banning sky lanterns and fireworks while allowing companies to sell them in the state in which they are banned! If they make them illegal, the companies that sell them should stop selling them. PERIOD! They don`t make people aware that celestial lanterns are illegal, and then they punish you for using them?! SURE! WELL, THE LITTLE MAN, BECAUSE HE DROPPED HER OFF, BUT DON`T DO ANYTHING FOR THE COMPANY SHE SELLS! THAT MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!!!!!! It is quite logical!!! State senators unanimously approved the national ban on Thursday. Supporters of the law say lanterns pose an obvious fire hazard if they end up in residential neighborhoods or dry fields. But proponents of sky lanterns argue that they should be regulated, not banned. Rob Laughton, a partner at an online store that sells them, told The Associated Press that his products come with safety instructions that encourage customers to use common sense. He warns them, for example, not to release lanterns near airports or forest areas. Traditionally known in Chinese as “Tian Deng” or Kongming lanterns, light balloons were first used to communicate signals during the war. For centuries, they have been created at festivals and celebrations to send positive wishes from afar and as a gesture of happiness.

“They are very pretty. And they`re pretty dangerous,” Rep. David Gomberg of Oregon, a Democrat from Lincoln City, told the Statesman Journal in early February. He called the lanterns “flying Sterno cans.” One thing that human factors/ergonomics/designers have learned is that it`s simply not possible for humans to be careful, vigilant, and under control over and over again. That`s just not how people are built. People make mistakes. If they are well trained and rested, given well-thought-out tasks and equipment, and have the opportunity to correct their mistakes, then the errors will be fewer and the consequences will be less serious, but there will always be mistakes. In order to perform unnecessary tasks with the uniformity of cookie cutters, we build machines. Machines have their weaknesses, but boredom is not one of them.

“I`ll be careful” is about as reassuring as “Hold my beer and watch this.” A better slogan would be from a character from Clint Eastwood (“Dirty Harry Callahan”, and nowadays it would be “person” for “man”): “A man should know his limits.” 3. An offence under this Division is a Class V offence.