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Last Updated: Wednesday March 17 2010 06:22 GMT

Paper lanterns cause big problems

Paper lanterns are released

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You may have seen Chinese lanterns floating across the sky at big events, parties or weddings.

Although they look very pretty, they can cause problems for emergency services.

That's because, as they float in the sky, they're sometimes mistaken as calls for help.

The Lifeboat Service says they've often sent rescue boats out to sea because they've thought a lantern was an emergency flare from a sinking ship.