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.

You can read more about the bill by clicking here for the NJ.com editorial, and you can read the text of State Senate bill S2468 by clicking here.

 

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