News Be Wise While Using a Chinese Lantern SHARE ON: Kaitlin Livingston, contributor, Tuesday, May. 24th, 2016 The Minden Hills Fire Department is warning the public about the dangers of Chinese lanterns. Officials say they are becoming popular worldwide as a means of celebrating special occasions, but they carry a significant risk of fire or injury. They urge the public to be careful because the lanterns can get caught in a tree, or land on a roof. Anyone with questions can contact the Minden Hills Fire Department.