Maryland county bans release of harmful helium balloons

(AP) -- A Maryland county has voted to ban the release of environmentally harmful helium balloons.

WBAL reports that on Tuesday , Queen Anne's County commissioners 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 told WBAL 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.------Information from: WBAL-TV,

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