[quote="talkfahrenheit"]While this would be entirely beautiful to see, it is extremely dangerous. I was at a festival this weekend where somebody released [b]one [/b] fire lantern. The wind carried it straight to the trees and got stuck. It sat there for a few minutes not moving and finally another gust of wind came and managed to move it out of the trees.
Granted, there are no trees on the playa. There are plenty of tents, lots of flammable substances, and tall art projects in which the lanterns could get stuck in.
Not to keep on keeping on, but a few years ago the man was set on fire early as a prank. Yeah, it was really cool to see the man burn twice, but it is such a large structure that really needs to burn with fire crew prepared. Not to mention all of the hard work that people put into building it. It would be unfortunate if some of the lanterns got caught on him or in him and started an early burn.
Everybody loves seeing pretty lights in the sky, but nobody likes seeing their tent burned down or fellow burners hurt. If you really want to do this, try to execute it in a way that is still beautiful, but safe. Potentially tie the balloons onto fishing line or some clear string so they are released and fly, but stay in one place floating until they fall?[/quote]
Ha! Hey I came here to tell the same story....Guess you were at the Strummit, too
That was so sketchy, but the sigh of relief from the crowd when the wind took it away was kind of exciting. What a great summer, huh? best of both worlds.
PINK SUNDAY and BANJOS...and no fire lanterns....Those things would be great,....in antarctica!