Following on from many other festivals Latitude Festival have announced that Chinese Lanterns are banded from the festival. The lanterns, made out of a wire frame and light paper are lit and rise in the air due to the hot air in the paper bag.
Problems of Chinese Lanterns include
- Setting fire to crops, tents, woodland when landing
- Metal eaten by animals after being cut up by farm machines
- Mistaken for flares / lighthouses
- Not taking off correctly and landing on people.
A thread on the Latitude Festival site by festival goers had the idea of a mass launch of the lanterns on Sunday night. Security will be confiscating any lanterns, the Latitude Festival twitter account confirmed this stance again today.