Banning sky lanterns is common sense

skylanternIt’s fun and fascinating to watch sky lanterns float away from an outdoor concert or wedding. But what goes up must come down, and the aerial luminaries can be a fire risk, igniting grass or buildings and endangering livestock when they land far from their launch site. That’s why the National Association of State Fire Marshals is urging states to ban the sale and use of sky lanterns, as Wichita and Sedgwick County already have done. It’s also why the Legislature is considering a commonsense bill that would make their use unlawful and punishable by a fine of as much as $2,500.