J an. 20 — A citizen reported they saw paper lanterns floating in the air and launching sparks near their home. An engine crew responded and found a group of people had been celebrating the life of their deceased friend, and they had lofted the floating lanterns in their friend’s honor. The lanterns had a firing device in them that created hot air to lift the lanterns, and they dropped to the ground when the firing device burned up. It was also noted that the lanterns would bio-degrade. All but one landed on the ground cold. The one that was still smoldering when it landed did not cause a subsequent fire, but it did pose a low-priority hazard.