Bangkok bans fireworks, sky lanterns during Loy Krathong

Notorious spoilsports the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the government have decided to ban sky lanterns and fireworks at the Loy Krathong festival.

Citing aviation safety concerns, the authorities decided it was high time to ruin everyone’s fun before the Nov 25 event which is typically celebrated with a firework show and floating lanterns.

The sale of fireworks and sky laterns will be banned, while extra security precautions will be taken during the event.

Rescue and medical boats will patrol the Chao Phraya river, while cops will set up road safety checkpoints to crack down on drunk driving and speeding, according to Thai PBS

The main festival venues will be Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Floating Market bear Government House, Rama 8 Bridge, Rama 9 Bridge, Lumpini Park, Nawaminpirom Park, and Santi Chaiprakarn Park.

Joining in the raining of parades are Chiang Mai authorities, who have also banned the release of sky lanterns during the Yee Peng festival on Nov 24 to avoid disrupting flights.

However Chiang Mai residents can get their lantern game on during Loy Krathong and New Years Eve events as authorities will reschedule flights on those days.

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