Expats in Andalucia angered by Chinese lanterns

Published:  11 Aug at 6 PM
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Expats in southern Spain have been angered after around 50 Chinese lanterns landed in the countryside around Manilva following a Full Moon Party at Sabinillas.

Revellers ignored the Manilva town hall’s pleas to refrain from using the lanterns, with the council even banning them on the grounds that they were a fire hazard. As the picturesque lanterns floated off into the night sky, though, it became apparent that most were unconcerned by the warning, and placed their enjoyment ahead of the apparent safety risk.

However, some locals were left far from impressed by the partygoers’ actions, with US expat Ronal Rosenfeld, who resides in Duquesa, describing the lanterns as dangerous and insisting they could cause widespread damage to an area where fires were commonplace in dry weather.

Rosenfeld went on to say that the council banned them, but not enough was being done to prevent people from releasing them.

However, Manilva councilor Dean Tyler Shelton pointed out that the number of lanterns released declined by 90 per cent in comparison with last year, claiming that next year he expected just a handful, and maybe none.
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