Permissions sought for over 64,000 flying lanterns to be released on Loy Krathong night in Chiang Mai

Permissions have been sought with local authorities for the release of over 64,000 flying lanterns on the night of Loy Krathong on Thursday in the northern province of Chiang Mai despite a nation-wide ban. 

While Chiang Mai provincial administration has imposed strict regulations on the release of flying lanterns into the sky as well as on sale and exploding of firecrackers and fireworks Loy Krathong day, there have been several requests from private and public sectors for permission to release more than 64,000 flying lanterns on Thursday night.

Topping the list is Mae Rim district which has asked to release 18,615 lanterns, including 12,000 lanterns from the Learning Centre for Sustainable Economy, Muang district’s 16,000 lanterns, Sansai district’s 12,000 lanterns and Doi Saked’s 3,000 lanterns.   Under the regulations, any releasing of flying lanterns need prior approval from local authorities.

On Monday, Assanee Buranupakorn, secretary of the Muang district mayor, led municipal and Muang district police to check shops selling fireworks and firecrackers.  They were looking for giant firecrackers which could cause dangers to the public.

Sales of firecrackers and fireworks in public places are not permitted and violators can face up to three years in prison and/or a fine of 10,000 baht.


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