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Calls by the Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron for a ban on Chinese lanterns have been played down by Downing Street, in the wake of the Smethwick fire.
"The actual number of fires caused by Chinese lanterns is very small," a No 10 spokesman said.
"It is important that we always ensure that there is a proportionate response to any event and we always look at safety matters and make sure they are kept at the top of our concerns."
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has called for a ban on Chinese lanterns following a huge fire at a recycling plant in Smethwick, which caused £6 million worth of damage: