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Fire officials say sky lantern started 15-acre Wisconsin fire

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By Lisa Braxton

According to Madison, Wisconsin, television station, WKOW 27, a candlelight hike at a park turned dangerous Saturday night, after brush caught fire and flames quickly took off.

Sun Prairie fire officials say the fire at McCarthy Youth and Conservation Park started when a sky lantern was released during a park event. Firefighters from multiple departments responded. No one was hurt, but officials say strong winds helped spread the flames. The fire ended up burning more than 15 acres in the park in about an hour.

“[The lanterns] are not a good idea; they are very dangerous,” said Fire Chief Christopher Garrison. He cited NFPA’s research on the devices. In fact, the use of sky lanterns is prohibited by NFPA code requirements. They should not be used under any circumstances. NFPA’s safety tip sheet on sky lanterns goes into detail on their dangerousness.

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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