Following a trend that seems to be sweeping the country, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, has made it illegal
to release a helium balloon. The offense would be punishable by a fine of up to $250 dollars.
The primary reason for banning the practice is environmental. Environmentalists note that non-biodegradable balloon fragments often end up on beaches and in oceans, and they can also ensnare and kill wild animals and fish. Additionally, they have been known to cause power outages and other public nuisances.
A Queen Anne County Commissioner told WBUR-TV that the bill will not ban balloons, even helium ones, but rather merely releasing them into the air. “If you want to have balloons out at your kid’s birthday party or you want to have them at a wedding, get them… Tie them securely and then dispose of them properly when you’re done,” the official said.
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