East Jefferson Fire-Rescue reminds public sky lanterns are dangerous, illegal

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Posted 4/29/20

With the summer approaching, infectious disease isn’t the only concern Jefferson County residents need to keep in mind, as East Jefferson Fire-Rescue reminded the public through its Facebook …

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East Jefferson Fire-Rescue reminds public sky lanterns are dangerous, illegal

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With the summer approaching, infectious disease isn’t the only concern Jefferson County residents need to keep in mind, as East Jefferson Fire-Rescue reminded the public through its Facebook page of the dangers of sky lanterns.

On April 27 at 4:33 p.m., the East Jefferson Fire-Rescue Facebook page shared photos of a sky lantern retrieved from a lawn in its fire district.

“Although they may look pretty to release, sky lanterns can be dangerous and are thus regulated in the state of Washington,” the East Jefferson Fire-Rescue Facebook page stated. “These miniature hot air balloons carry with them the potential to cause fire if they were to land in trees, or on grass or brush.”

According to Revised Code of Washington 19.27.031, Washington Administrative Code 51-54A-003 and the 2015 International Fire Code, it is illegal to release or cause to be released an untethered sky lantern.

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