Sky lantern causes fire – level 3
A fire in Brazil burned for several days, caused by an illegal sky lantern.
More than 100 firefighters came to battle the flames, and six people were arrested in connection with the case. However, they were released on bail only hours later. By Sunday afternoon, the fire had burned across more than half of the Juquery State Park in the São Paulo region, and the fire rained ash on the city of São Paulo, 39 kilometers away.
São Paulo state officials list the balloons among the top three causes of forest fires each year; however, Brazilians keep sending the burning lanterns into the sky. Burning lanterns are punishable by fines or even prison. According to experts, the region is experiencing a dry winter that facilitated the fire’s spread.
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