MEP Asking People To Avoid Chinese Lanterns

Julie Girling, one of Scilly's MEPs

Falmouth Coastguard last year appealed for islanders releasing Chinese lanterns to call them and tell staff.

There have been calls from people who mistake them for distress flares.

Now, one of our islands’ MEPs has gone a step further and asked islanders to consider whether they want to release them at Halloween or on Guy Fawkes night.

Julie Girling says a house burned down upcountry this year because of them, and says the remains can litter fields and hurt livestock who eat the burnt out metal wire frames.

Julie says it’s only a matter of time before someone loses their life through being caught in a fire caused by a lantern.