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Farmers' union calls for Chinese lantern ban

Sky lanterns can pose a fire risk. Credit: PA

The union for farmers in Scotland is calling on local authorities to ban Chinese lanterns ahead of Bonfire Night on 5 November.

The lanterns (also known as sky lanterns) are made from paper held together with a wooden or wire frame, and the NFUS says they are a fire hazard, and can scare livestock.

They are also urging people setting off fireworks to take consideration of animals in the area.

The union says eight local authorities have already banned the use of Chinese lanterns, and that it will contact the remaining authorities, including Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council, to urge them to do so.


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