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CRFD Warns of Chinese Lanterns

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is warning the public about the fire hazard created by Chinese or so-called sky lanterns.

The thin paper lanterns have a candle inside.  The heat from the lighted candle lifts the lantern into the air.

CRFD has received several concerns from residents during holidays and during weddings and ceremonies.

The path of the lanterns cannot be controlled and there is also worry about animals ingesting metal wire sometimes found in them.

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