On June 21, revelers celebrating the shortest night of the year gathered in Poznan, Poland, to release 8,000 floating lanterns into the night sky. The multitude of glowing bags looked like a colony of bioluminescent jellyfish or the collective headgear of a chef's convention blown into the summer wind; that is to say, it looked beautiful.
Nevertheless, proving that the Internet will find something wrong with anything, a vocal crowd of commenters has taken to decrying to festival of lights, which broke the previous Polish record for lantern-flying. Turns out there's a safety issue at play. Witness this pickled selection from the Daily Mail's piece on the event:
• One of these lanterns released at our London (UK) street party blew straight towards the open loft window of a neighbours house. Miraculously it bounced off the frame and did not go in . Horrible dangerous polluting things.
- LesJo, London, 26/6/2011 15:14
• 'twinkle, twinkle little chinese lanterns' .....to be followed by 'roar, roar of really big fire'..!
- gregg, Leamington Spa, 26/6/2011 10:43
• They have been banned in my country because the lanterns blew into airplanes' flight paths.
- Cookie, Far, far away, 26/6/2011 09:21
• I totally agree we have had loads of fires in Suffolk because of these - ban them.
- Davidfountain, Steamers, 26/6/2011 09:44