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Lantern Fest could be grounded by wind and fire danger on Sunday night

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Oct 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-16 15:07:59-04

DACONO, Colo.- Winds and high fire danger could keep lanterns grounded at Colorado National Speedway on Sunday night.

Hundreds have purchased tickets to the sold-out festival which begins at 5 p.m. 

If the winds are above five to seven miles per hour, the lanterns will not launch, said Assistant Chief Roger Rademacher with Mountain View Fire and Rescue.

Denver7 received a report the lanterns landed on a large property in the Plane View Farm area west of the Speedway on Saturday night. People were reportedly stomping out the burning embers.

The fire department received one report of a lantern landing and sparking a small fire, according to Rademacher.

The wind picked up after the lanterns launched and more caution would be used Sunday night, he admitted.

The burning lanterns represent hopes, dreams and regrets, according to the Lantern Fest website. 

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