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Schnepf Farms addresses lantern festival concerns, clean-up

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 17:12:55-05

Schnepf Farms posted on their Facebook page Sunday that they've been receiving concerns from the community over their decision to hold a floating lantern event on February 1.

In the post, the farm states the feedback was sparked after what happened in Pinal County recently.

A few months ago, a lantern festival in Florence sparked brush fires, leading to outrage in the community. There was also trash left behind.

Schnepf Farms says the fire department will be on hand in case of any accidents during the February "Night Lights" event.

Additionally, a church youth group organized the event and volunteers will make sure anything left behind is picked up that night. They say the next morning, they'll do an additional walkthrough, and "these kids will continue to respond to any texts or calls they receive to pick up additional lanterns for the next week."

Schnepf Farms also said that "our events may be more limited due to the growth in the very near future," including homes that are being built nearby.

Across the country, 30 states have already banned lantern festivals because of the dangers they pose and the National Association of State Fire Marshals has urged the remaining states to follow suit. Individual cities and counties can also vote to ban the festivals.