Rhode Island Banning Large Balloon Releases; Where Are They Illegal in Massachusetts?
What goes up must come down, right?
If you've ever been part of a balloon release, for a celebration of life service or a graduation party, or if you ever just accidentally let go of one as a kid, you've probably thought about where balloons go after they float up until they seem microscopically small to the human eye.
The reality is that after they float up, they always come down, long after the people that released them are around to pick them up and dispose of them properly. The litter then poses a big danger to local wildlife, and it's exactly the reason that balloon releases are banned in many cities and states across the world.
According to CBS Boston, a new Rhode Island law that will take effect starting in November will ban people from intentionally releasing more than nine helium balloons. Those who violate the ban will face a fine of up to $100.
This statewide ban isn't necessarily something all that new, though. Chatham and Everett in Massachusetts already have a ban on balloon releases. So have Nantucket and Provincetown, as well as Rhode Island's Block Island, and they've even taken the ban a step further, prohibiting the sale of helium balloons in an attempt to get to the root of the problem. So next time you think of heading to one of these towns for your next balloon release, you might want to think again.
Balloon releases aren't the only thing banned in some Massachusetts towns and cities that may seem a little out of the ordinary. Technically it's illegal to win a goldfish at the fair in Massachusetts, but somehow we've all done it.