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Festival of Lights ‘too risky’ for Thailand’s Chon Buri province

The usual display of hundreds of lanterns will not be seen over the skies of the Chon Buri province this year.
The usual display of hundreds of lanterns will not be seen over the skies of the Chon Buri province this year. Image by John Shedrick / CC BY 2.0

Laem Chabang municipality in Thailand’s Chon Buri province has banned the sale of fireworks and sky lanterns for Loy Krathong (Festival of Lights), with the local mayor warning their use could endanger a gas storage area and two refineries in the area. The ancient ritual of Loy Krathong, which will be celebrated across Thailand on 6 November, sees thousands of paper lanterns into the air. Read more: bangkokpost.com