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Uppers and downers: Sky lanterns over Phuket on New Year's Eve 2009

Phuket Airport Bans Loy Kratong Sky Lanterns

Thursday, October 22, 2009
LIGHTING sky lanterns within a seven kilometre radius of the Phuket International Airport is dangerous to aircraft and could bring a long jail term, the General Manager of the facility, Prathuang Somkhom, warned today.

He said people on Phuket should be aware of the danger and the penalty, especially with the Loy Kratong Festival coming on November 1-2.

The komloy lanterns are usually available on Phuket's popular western beaches, especially Patong, for 100 baht during every festival on Phuket.

Tourists and Thais take delight at the sight of a night sky filled with floating lanterns. That's the upside. The downside is less appealing.

When the wind is blowing inland or across Patong Bay,the owners of properties beneath the descending lanterns have made the point that the naked flames could start fires and the burnt-out remnants of hundreds of lanterns are unsightly.

Khun Prathuang said the penalty for lighting a sky lantern within seven kilometres of the airport is between five and 20 years in jail.


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