Chinese lantern causes blaze the size of a tennis court in Waxham

Saturday, June 7, 2014
10:06 AM

A Chinese lantern caused a patch of Marram Grass, around the size of a tennis court, to catch fire last night near Waxham.

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Firefighters from Martham and Stalham were called out to the blaze at about 11pm yesterday to reports of a fire in the open on Coast Road.

The fire stretched about 200sq meters and was an accidental ignition caused by a Chinese lantern.

It was extinguished using a hand appliance, back pack sprayers and beaters.

9 comments

  • my thoughs exactly, but.... I guess there is a first time for everything ;)

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    Boo'sMum

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

  • backwoodsman

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I'm afraid I must agree with Backwoodsman ;) Yes, they cause accidents now and again, but we arent banning things which are much more dangerous, with more common incidents occuring. Anything could cause a risk.. If a person was ill because of an allergy to cottonwool would you ban that too? get real people!!

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    Boo'sMum

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Don't stop at Chinese lanterns-let's ban absolutely everything that might pose a risk. Thousands of these things are sold every year, one 'accidental ignition' and the po-faced brigade are out in force. In fact, lets ban everything that's not part of 'our' culture.

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    backwoodsman

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • They should be banned They are not part of our culture and are unnecessary. By all means have paper lanterns but keep them suspended on poles.If that lantern had gone down a few hundred yards away the reed beds at Hickling could have been up in flames-especially with the wind- and the marsh harriers, bitterns etc burned out. The half wits who say ooh they are pretty and harmless should have their noses rubbed in the danger they represent. Helium balloons and balloon releases should also be banned-they too land where animals can eat them and the strand line is quite often littered with them.Flying arson and flying littering

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • All shops should be banned from selling them.

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    loco

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • These are well known to start fires when they land, why would anyone still use them? Common sense please people!

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    WalkerBikerDriver

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Chinese lanterns should be illegal. <( :-(

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    wes1975

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • These Chinese lanterns are a threat to life and property and should be banned they are usually set off by uneducated chavs who think it is a moving tribute when in fact they have the potential to kill an innocent person or set light to a home

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    blister

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

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