Sky lanterns grounded at music festival

LONDON • Singaporeans holidaying in Taiwan get a big lift from releasing sky lanterns in Shifen.

But over the weekend in Swansea in Wales, BBC Radio One grounded this activity at its Biggest Weekend music festival.

Farmers had warned about the dangers posed to livestock and wildlife. The lanterns, when they fall back to the ground, can be ingested by animals or cause entanglement or entrapment. This can lead to injuries and death.

Sky lanterns are also a fire hazard.

But despite the ban, there was still plenty to keep the crowd's spirits soaring, with entertainment from artists such as Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, Niall Horan, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Florence and The Machine.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline 'Sky lanterns grounded at music festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe