Local fireworks stands owner responds to bill
Senator Russ Karpisek, of Wilber, has reintroduced a bill (LB1119) that would make it illegal to sell, use, or possess sky lanterns.
Troy Wuehler, who owns a number of fireworks stands in the Central Nebraska area, does not feel they're dangerous as long as people are cautious.
"We feel that they're a safe item if they're used correctly. We definitely tell everyone you don't want to light it on a windy night. We recommend as to winds over 10 miles an hour that you don't light it."
Wuehler feels if two to three people are present for launching, sky lanterns are safe.
He recommends launching lanterns in a clear, open area.
"You have to do it on a calm night. And you don't want to do it underneath some telephone wires. You want to be out in an open field or not have any trees overhanging, or wires."
Sky lanterns have been sold at his stands for at least three years.
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