Releasing Balloons In NJ Could Soon Cost You Hundreds In Fines
If you're planning to celebrate an occasion by releasing a bunch of colorful balloons, you'll want to think twice if a proposed bill passes in New Jersey.
Shore State Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Jr. has a bill pending in Trenton that would impose a fine of $500 for "intentional release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gases."
Organizations like "Balloons Blow" are focusing on the potential harm that balloons can cause to wildlife, and have suggestions for environmentally-friendly alternatives like flags, banners, and streamers.
According to NJ.com, releasing balloons is already banned in a few New Jersey towns, like Atlantic City, Cape May, and Egg Harbor Township, so the bill would make the ban statewide.