(a) As used in this section, the following words have the following meanings:
(1) PUBLIC GATHERING. The presence of more than 500 members of the public in an outdoor place for the purpose of attending a sporting contest, auto race, concert, festival, political rally, parade, or similar event.
(2) SKY LANTERN. An unmanned self-contained free-floating luminary device requiring an open flame underneath, such as a candle, for propulsion.
(b) It is unlawful to release a sky lantern within 500 yards of a public gathering.
(c) A violation of this section is a criminal violation punishable pursuant to Section 13A-5-12.