- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - The Morton County Commission is taking aim at floating paper lanterns kept aloft by flame.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1MiLGaP) reports a small panel created by the commission is drafting an ordinance banning the sale and use of the lanterns.

Mandan Rural Fire Chief Lynn Gustin says the major concern is reports of lanterns landing near the Tesoro refinery outside of Mandan.

Gustin says the lanterns can float for miles and alight in trees or fields while a flame is still burning.

The county commission’s decision comes after Mandan’s city commission gave early approval to a floating lantern ban in the city.

The county-level committee’s members include Gustin and the Morton County sheriff, among others.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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