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Topic - Bruce Bouch
Mr. Bouch said he did not know of any fires in Maryland that have been directly linked to the lanterns, but the decision to highlight by name the lanterns on the list of illegal fireworks was done to avoid any confusion.
"Once the lantern reaches the air currents, it's completely up to nature as to how long it stays aloft," Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said. "They can burn for three or four minutes, depending on the air current and how fast it's flowing and also the temperature itself, whether it goes even higher or stays lower. It's going to land somewhere."