Should these celebratory sky lanterns, also known as Kongming lanterns, be grounded permanently in Ontario?
Clarington has recently banned the use of these Chinese wish lanterns, which are lit and launched into the air to mark cultural celebrations, memorials, and other events. Windsor is considering following suit. Windsor has already asked fireworks retailers to refrain from selling them within city limits. They’ve been banned in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and PEI. Why not Ontario?
One in Windsor became stuck in a downtown tree while still on fire.
Once they’re launched, it is difficult to determine where the lanterns will end up. Acting Windsor deputy fire chief Andrea DeJong said “We are aware that they’ve been set off some of the roofs of some of the larger condo towers along the riverfont. And what’s happening is that they’re flying into the river and across the bridge, and it creates quite a significant incident with it being an international crossing and whatnot and all the river traffic.”
Critics of the move to ban the lanterns argue that the objects are a significant part of the Chinese culture and tradition, and should be permitted.
What do you think? Should sky lanterns be banned outright?