Flying Lanterns - Potential Hazard

In 2009, The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) became aware of the existence of a consumer product that poses a serious fire safety hazard. The Flying Lantern (also known as a sky lantern) was being sold by Canadian online distributors of fireworks products and at retail stores.

The product resembles a small paper hot-air balloon, fueled by an open flame. When released, the hot air produced by the fuel source can lift the lantern to extreme heights and allows it to drift for long distances until the fuel is depleted. These lanterns are often released in large numbers to generate an impressive visual effect.

Due to their uncontrolled and unpredictable flight path, these products could land on trees, building rooftops, or other combustible properties while still ignited and potentially cause a fire.

The OFM has recently received a number of reports that indicate an increase in the use of Flying Lanterns and would like to re-emphasize that we still have the same fire risk concerns associated with the use of these products. We would like to remind members of the community about the potential fire hazards related to the use of these Flying Lanterns.