Make sure Sky Lanterns are tethered

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
A sky lantern like the ones pictured above, is blamed for starting a fire that damaged a West Bluff Drive dock earlier this summer.

With this Labor Day holiday weekend the tradition of lighting flares around the Finger Lakes also brings more use of Sky Lanterns, and Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike urges the safe use of these items. 

 “These are a recognized fire hazard by NYS Fire Prevention and Control and state code calls for when they are used to be tethered,” said Sheriff Ron Spike.

The Yates County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol will be on our county waterways.

“We have previously had fires caused by the landing of lanterns doing damage when still lit,” Spike noted. 

Spike says this is a safety issue in the interest of keeping everyone safe and not recklessly causing unwanted fires.