KYMMA Must Cancel Sky Lantern Event
Friday, December 21, 2012
After receiving notification that the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office decided to prohibit the release of sky lanterns, KYMMA cancelled its special event, "Mesmerize with Memories," scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013.
On Friday, December 21, 2012, notification of a technical bulletin prohibiting the release of sky lanterns was issued by the Office of NH State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan and forwarded to KYMMA by e-mail file attachment by the Holderness Fire Department.
Download the press release issued by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (33 KB, .PDF).
As you'll see, the newly issued announcement states, "Unless tethered, releasing sky lanterns is considered a violation of the NH State Fire Code."
However, the company that provided sky lanterns to KYMMA has told KYMMA that its sky lanterns should never be tethered because that would create a possible danger.
The press release also states that Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Farley has said sky lanterns "create a littering nuisance and a potential hazard to animals and small children because of the wire frames."
However, the sky lanterns KYMMA planned to use have no wires and do not create a littering nuisance because they are 100% biodegradable.
Nevertheless, KYMMA regrets it has no choice other than to cancel its upcoming event and is offering a full refund to anyone who purchased a sky lantern. Contact us for details.
More than 50 sky lanterns were released at a KYMMA event in 2011. See a 2-minute video.