They are used for celebration and tribute, but now Maryland has banned the use of aerial luminaries known as sky lanterns.

You ignite them, inflate them, and they take to the skies as a lighted tribute or celebration.

But Maryland is now expanding its ban on the use of aerial luminaries.

“The ban itself has always been in effect. What has transpired is the Maryland Fire Prevention Commission has specifically listed the terminology as sky lanterns as being an amendment to the code,” said Bruce Bouch, deputy state fire marshal.