HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2113

TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to fire protection.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The purpose of this Act is to impose a total ban on aerial luminaries, also known as sky lanterns. The legislature finds that aerial luminaries, also known as sky lanterns, pose a potential hazard to our community. These devices are paper lanterns containing a small candle or other fuel that heats air inside the lantern causing the lantern to rise for several hundred feet and remain airborne until the candle extinguishes, at which time the lantern descends. This uncontrolled open flame device can land on combustible vegetation or buildings, power lines, and interfere with aircraft flight patterns. Death or serious injury to livestock has been reported in many countries when the sky lantern remains are consumed.

SECTION 2. A new section is added to the Hawaii Revised Statutes to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

" - Aerial luminaries; prohibited.  (a)  It shall be unlawful to sell, offer for sale, distribute, possess, ignite, or otherwise use aerial luminaries, commonly known as sky lanterns, Hawaii lanterns, and flying luminaries.

(b)  Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be imprisoned for not more than one year or fined not more than $1,000, or both for each violation.

(c)  As used in this section, "aerial luminary" refers to airborne paper lanterns containing a small candle or other device for fuel that heats air from inside the lantern causing the lantern to rise into the air and remain airborne until the candle extinguishes."

     SECTION 3.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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By Request


 


 

Report Title:

Fire Protection; Fire Council Package

 

Description:

Bans the ignition, possession, selling, and use of aerial luminaries.

 

 

 

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