On new year’s eve we had some epic failures at lighting chinese lanterns. The wind was quite strong on the beach and our first attempt went up in flames after the lantern moved sideways rather than up into the heavens. We decided to try again on a relatively windless night.
These lanterns are pretty much just a large thin bag with a piece of fire lighter attached to wire at the bottom. Our second attempt probably climbed 30 metres into the night sky before catching fire and consequently landed in our neighbour’s yard. That fuel block blazed like hell and could have burned down the whole of Glentana.
Third time proved to be the charm and we watched the lantern dwindle to the size of a star in the night sky.