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Queen Anne's County Bans Release of Harmful Helium Balloons

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(Photo courtesy: Shaun Fisher via Flickr) (Photo courtesy: Shaun Fisher via Flickr)

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP)- The Queen Anne's County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits the release of nonbiodegradable helium balloons into the air.           

Those who deliberately violate the ordinance can be fined up to $250.           

Queen Anne's Conservation Association Director Jay Falstad said the balloons pose an environmental threat. He said they can get stuck in trees, in the Chesapeake Bay or in off-shore clusters in the Atlantic Ocean.           

The bill's author, Commissioner Christopher M. Corchiarino, called intentionally releasing balloons into the atmosphere littering.

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