That was a very beautiful display at that gulf. I didn't know about the launch and it took me a few minutes to realize what they were.
Side note: any wind that might be thought to make these dangerous would extinguish the flame long before the balloon would get anywhere near the ground.
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On Jun 19, 2012, at 8:04 AM, Gottfried <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The sky lanterns are relatively safe, watching intently this year showed a less than a mile lit duration, with most going out over the lake, a fortunate light wind help this.
> On a silly note, I watched these being released at Gulf Wars 20, 20 in all to commemorate the the 20th Gulf. That area is a pine forest, at the time under severe drought/fire danger. Watched them then too figuring we'd have a incident, but much the same duration and altitude made it no problem. I did comment that some redneck would report a UFO, and they did, with local deputies tracing it to us, and we all laughed, deputies included.
> -----Original Message----- From: Mathurin Kerbusso
> Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 7:35 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Sky Lanterns
>>> These sound rather dangerous, even if beautiful.
>>> The paper balloon may be of fire resistant paper, but what keeps them
>>> from coming down in a field of grass or dry leaves or on a roof, while
>>> the candle or whatever lights and lifts them, is still lit?
> To expand just a bit, the heat source is what keeps them aloft. As long as
> the bag remains intact, they cannot come down until the heat source is
> exhausted. Anything that would compromise the bag would also extinguish
> the heat source.
> "Non nobis solum"