Lately, I’ve been asked about releasing Chinese Sky Lanterns at the end of the ceremony. After much research and phone calls to State and Local Fire Marshalls, these are under the catergory of Fireworks. Fireworks are not legal in Horry County. The State of South Carolina has banned them. They are not safe for the environment. They say they are biodegradable, but they are not. They carry a fuel cell that supposedly extinquishes in a few minutes, however, they have been known to stay lit as long as 10 minutes. They can fly into trees, vegetation and drop into oceans, rivers and ponds. The lanterns have been attributed to starting house fires and a lantern falling into some trees in Myrtle Beach, SC was attributed to burning 900 acres on July 3, 2011. They contain small wires and different types of paper that wildlife and sealife try to consume. Not a nice ending for those poor creatures. You have no control as to which way the wind will carry it. Because it is fire, a burn permit would be required because it is a burning hazzard. They may be cool and beautiful to see, but they are dangerous. Even countires that make them have banned them because of the fires being set and homes destroyed.