Flying lanterns banned

Senators passed a bill Feb. 18 that prohibits the sale of flying lanterns.

LB136, introduced by Wahoo Sen. Jerry Johnson, makes it illegal to sell, possess or use a flying lantern.

The bill defines flying lantern as any device that requires a flame that produces heated air trapped in a balloon-type covering, allowing the device to float in the air. The bill’s provisions do not apply to hot-air balloons used for transportation.

Violations of the law will be considered a Class V misdemeanor, punishable by a $100 fine.

The bill passed with an emergency clause on a 44-0 vote.

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