Lanterns risk to dry East

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PEOPLE using Chinese lanterns to mark Easter or the Royal wedding risk setting light to the tinder dry countryside, land owners have warned.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) fears that Eastern England has had so little rain in past months that the lanterns, which float up as they burn, represent a real danger to property and livestock.

CLA eastern director Nicola Currie said: “Following this exceptionally warm and dry spring the countryside is already in a state of summer drought. There is still a lot of last year’s dead vegetation about and, as yet, little lush, new growth. It is imperative that no-one does anything to cause a fire.

“This year, the situation is compounded with the Royal Wedding extending the Easter holiday period. There is a real worry that people will release Chinese lanterns as part of the entertainment. I would urge them not to.”