Sunday, 7 November 2010
The curse of the Chinese Lantern
Look up to the sky on a clear night and you could be forgiven for thinking the Martians are arriving. You will often see strange glowing objects drifting across the night sky. I am sure the authorities have been contacted many times by people reporting UFO’s above their houses. The objects may be unidentified to some but one thing is certain; these objects do not defy Sir Isaac Newton’s Law of Gravity and as proven by Newton - what goes up - must eventually come down.
These ‘mysterious’ objects in the night sky are of course Chinese Lanterns. These Lanterns may look pretty in the night sky but they have the potential to bring down an airliner, they are responsible for killing cattle, they also are considered a fire hazzard. Just type Chinese Lantern into a search engine and read the havoc caused by these nuisance creators.
The images below of used lanterns were all taken by me this afternoon while out walking the dog. I did not go on a Chinese Lantern hunting expedition, I just stumbled upon them; you can’t miss the damn things when you know what to look for! They look like giant discarded condoms hanging in trees, lying in fields and littering the streets. If a Tameside resident gets fined £500 for creating litter by discarding a cigarette butt, using a scale of measure; anyone releasing a Chinese Lantern should be fined at least ten times that amount because as Newton told us: what goes up - must come down, and when these lanterns land they create a lot more litter than a discarded cigarette.
If these lanterns were bio-degradable it would not be too bad, but they’re not. The one pictured hanging in the tree in Denton Woods has been there since last winter and has only just re-appeared because the leaves which were covering it have fallen from the tree.
I also think there is a real danger of one of these lanterns landing on a roof and covering the gas flu which would prevent noxious fumes from escaping and could in theory gas the occupants of the house.
I call upon Tameside Council to take a stand and ban Chinese Lanterns in the borough of Tameside.