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Thailand's famed festival of lights causes headaches for pilots

Visitors grew 30% last year, highlighting issues with lucrative celebration

Floating lanterns in Thailand's Yee Peng festival have been blamed for house fires and canceled flights.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's famed floating lantern festival has long been an object of magical imagery, but the increasing scale of the event is drawing blame for property damage and canceled flights.

Yee Peng is celebrated annually on a full moon in either October or November. The festivities are also a valuable source of revenue for local economies.

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