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Kidapawan bans sky lanterns

KIDAPAWAN CITY – After banning firecrackers and pyrotechnics this Yuletide season, the city mayor here has also ordered a ban on using, selling, and distribution of sky lanterns this holiday break.

City Mayor Joseph Evangelista, in a statement, said use of sky lanterns might cause fires as they might hit electricity wires along the highway and in other areas, including the forests.

The city is located at the foot of Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak.

Officials from the City Fire Department are also as concerned as the city mayor.

They said that although sky lanterns are only used during festivities and special occasions, nobody, however, can control the lanterns, especially when it is windy.

A sky lantern, also known as Chinese lantern, is a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended.

“The materials used in making a sky lantern are highly combustible, thus, they might ignite and cause fire,” the BFP officials said. (Malu Cadelina Manar)