Beatrice bans sky lanterns

By: KLKN Newsroom

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) The city of Beatrice is now off-limits to sky lanterns.

Officials say that the City Council voted Monday night to adopt an ordinance that does not allow them to be sold or used within city limits. Beatrice now joins other cities, including Lincoln, Waverly and Hastings, in banning the popular fireworks stand devices.

The lanterns are small paper air balloons powered by a flame.

Fire officials have decried the lanterns as a fire hazard because they can land on rooftops, fields or wooded areas and spark destructive fires.