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Can Flying Lanterns be used in bad weather?

Sky lanterns are made of rice paper and therefore will be ruined if used in wet weather conditions. The safety instructions clearly indicate not to use sky lanterns in even low winds (please consult www.bbc.co.uk/weather for wind speeds).

What Are Sky Lanterns
Flying lanterns are like mini hot air balloons. They are made of non-flammable, biodegradable material. A wick is suspended from the frame (cross hairs) which is lit enabling the flying lantern to fill with hot air and float off into the sky.

How long do Sky lanterns fly for?
Sky lanterns fly approximately 1 mile high and as far into the distance as the eye can see. The wick burns for 20 – 25 minutes before extinguishing and floating softly back to the ground.

How big are your sky lanterns (sizes)
Traditional White = 38cm (15 inches) wide by 90cm (36 inches) high.
Red Hearts = 38cm (15 inches) wide by 100cm (39 inches) high.

Can I take my lanterns on an aircraft?
We have 1000’s of customers that have taken flying lanterns overseas on an aircraft. Flying lanterns are not like traditional fireworks and do not have an explosive element. Simply pack them carefully into your suitcase (not in hand luggage). However, if in doubt, please note that it is advisable to check with the airline as each individual airline may have their own policy.

Are Flying Lanterns safe?
Flying lanterns are very safe if used strictly in accordance with the Safety and Launch Instructions. A copy of these will also be supplied with your order.

Sky lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern are airborne paper lanterns traditionally found in some Asian cultures. They are constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air.

The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern floats back to the ground.

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