MP to lobby Government over Chinese lanterns which she calls "unguided flame throwers"

Malvern Gazette: MP to lobby Government over Chinese lanterns which she calls "unguided flame throwers" MP to lobby Government over Chinese lanterns which she calls "unguided flame throwers"

A WORCESTERSHIRE MP is calling for action on Chinese lanterns which she has compared to an "unguided flame thrower" following devastating fires.

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has today pledged to keep up the pressure on Government to control the use of ‘Chinese lanterns’ which caused a serious fire at a caravan park last year.

More than 80 caravans were destroyed at Croft Farm Leisure Park, near Tewksbury, after a massive blaze ripped though the park causing hundreds of thousands of pounds in damage. An investigation by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire Service confirmed that the fire was started by a stray Chinese lantern.

Mrs Baldwin has written to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs calling for the Government to act to control the use of the lanterns at public events.

But Farming Minister George Eustice has confirmed that the Government will only issue guidance to event organisers on safe use of the lanterns and run a social media campaign.

Mrs Baldwin said: “The DEFRA investigation into the use of Chinese lanterns has been superceded by two major fires in the space of six months - both caused by Chinese lanterns.

“I am glad that event organisers and retailers will attempt to spread the word about sensible use but in my opinion, that is not enough.

“Sending a Chinese lantern into the air with no idea where it will land is like launching an unguided flame thrower into our beautiful countryside.

“I intend to keep the pressure on the Government to act on this important matter and will work within Parliament to lobby for permanent measures to control these products.”

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11:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Andy-Apache says...

Soundbites and cliches. Would be nice if politicians could stick to facts and do something about the things people actually care about.
Soundbites and cliches. Would be nice if politicians could stick to facts and do something about the things people actually care about. Andy-Apache
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6:53am Wed 5 Feb 14

Allan Whitehead says...

Andy-Apache, your comment are so true, however, on the case of “Chinese Lantern” One has to agree, these celebratory sky bound fire weapons are dangerous. Once lit and set in motion no one has any idea were the will eventually land or extinguish their flame while in flight.

Still if Harriett, was concerned she would be calling on her government to ban the sale of “Fire Works” to individuals no matter what age they are. Fireworks should only be allowed to organisations that are planning a Pyrotechnical for some special celebratory event.
Andy-Apache, your comment are so true, however, on the case of “Chinese Lantern” One has to agree, these celebratory sky bound fire weapons are dangerous. Once lit and set in motion no one has any idea were the will eventually land or extinguish their flame while in flight. Still if Harriett, was concerned she would be calling on her government to ban the sale of “Fire Works” to individuals no matter what age they are. Fireworks should only be allowed to organisations that are planning a Pyrotechnical for some special celebratory event. Allan Whitehead
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