Last year there was a man selling Chinese Lanterns on the seafront at Çalış despite their being a ban on them.

A street vedor selling banned Sky Lanterns on Calis Beach
A street vedor selling banned Sky Lanterns on Calis Beach in 2014

Vendors of the cheap but potentially life threatening amusements might as well have been selling animal traps and fire starters But perhaps then the authorities would be more interested in doing something.

This year they are back again

Once again these candle-lit paper balloons, which the unwary love to see float through the night air, are back again.

Over the years they have become very popular with locals and tourists as a way of celebrating birthdays and other occasions but in actual fact they are very dangerous, in several ways.

thanks to balloons for this illustration of the dangers of wish lanterns.
thanks to for this illustration of the dangers of wish lanterns.

Chinese lanterns are blown by the wind and this could take them over forests, gardens and orchards, all of which are tinder dry and ready to catch fire in these hot summer months.

But even if these lanterns land safely, their structure is made from wire and this can easily become entangled with an animal or bird on land, or a dolphin or sea turtle in the sea, resulting in agonizing injuries, or even death.

danger to wildlife
danger to wildlife: Marine Conservation Society

Although these dangerous and irresponsible items are actually illegal in Fethiye, by order of the town’s Governor, some people obviously wants to take advantage of Fethiye’s lax attitude to the enforcement of the ban.

This year Okyay Tirli founder of the newly established environmental NGO, FEMA, has said he will do all he can to get the ban enforced.


Even if it is not possible to put an end to the SALE of these Wish Lanterns please do remember not to BUY these possible deathtraps and pass on the word to friends and family.

The sight and sound of fireworks in the Fethiye’s night sky is also a worry for residents. The use of these were also banned during the summer months but some local businesses and individuals selfishly continue to use them.

Reports have already been made by conscientious residents and they will continue to do so until Fethiye is free of these potentially life threatening cheap-thrills.

Thanks to the Marine Conservation Society and BalloonsBlow for the images used in this story.