Sky Lanterns Prohibited

Sky Lanterns are made from combustible materials such as paper bags or light fabrics which then take flight by the heat from an open flame candle. These devices are a fire safety hazard and we prohibit their use. These lanterns can travel through the air and come down in areas that can catch fire. 

The use of Sky Lanterns is prohibited by several laws and codes including the Health and Safety Code, T-19 Public Safety Code, the Public Resources Code, and the International Fire Code.

California State Fire Marshal’s Information Bulletin about Sky Lanterns outlines information regarding the codes that allow Fire Agencies to prohibit their use. 

Photo of a burnt sky lantern that landed in a local back yard in July 2023. Even lanterns released over the ocean can easily blow back to shore and land on houses, dry fields or forested areas.

Burnt Sky Lantern 7-2023
Sky Lanterns Flyer NFPA