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January 21, 2014

Kansas bill would ban sky candles and other fire-fueled balloons

A fire-safety proposal before the Kansas Legislature would ban sky candles, floating lanterns and other fire-fueled balloons that are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations.

A fire-safety proposal before the Kansas Legislature would ban sky candles, floating lanterns and other fire-fueled balloons that are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations.

The House Local Government Committee scheduled a hearing Tuesday afternoon hearing on a bill that would prohibit what it describes as “unmanned aerial luminaries.” A person caught igniting one could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $2,500.

The bill covers devices made of a lightweight material attached to a fuel cell or other material that burns. The fire heats the air beneath the balloon or lantern, causing it to rise and float for long distances before the fire goes and causes it to drop to the ground.

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