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Beware of the new Helium Balloon police in NH. $250 fine for releasing it into the sky

 
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Beware of the new Helium Balloon police in NH. $250 fine for releasing it into the sky
$250 a pop for a balloon on the loose

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CONCORD People will want to hold onto their balloons if the Senate agrees with a House vote yesterday to ban balloon releases.

By a vote of 215 to 111, the House approved a bill that treats balloon releases as a form of littering.

HB 62 originally barred the release of two dozen or more lighter-than-air balloons.

The version that passed yesterday could bring a $250 fine for even a single balloon let loose. A second offense could bring a $500 fine. The bill specifically exempts hot air balloons, weather balloons and others released as part of scientific research.

The bill does not penalize accidental releases.

Those who favored the bill said the balloon materials, including the attached strings and ribbons, pose a serious threat to wildlife. Whales, turtles and seabirds that live along New Hampshire's coastline mistakenly eat floating balloons thinking they are food, and then are unable to eat real food.

"Do we now get balloon police?" Rep. Randolph Holden, R-Goffstown, asked.

Rep. Kevin Waterhouse, R-Windham, said police officers would be given enforcement responsibility.

A move to give the job to Fish and Game officers was rejected, since the department is under budget pressure already.

He said people need to be aware that balloon releases cause real harm to wildlife.

"It doesn't just go to heaven and disappear. It comes back down again," Waterhouse said.

Waterhouse said he was inspired to sponsor the bill by a group of homeschoolers studying ecology.
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LOL wow...i'm going to take a road trip with a helium tank and some balloons.
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LOL wow...i'm going to take a road trip with a helium tank and some balloons.
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I bet they get more than ever just to say flip

ya know?
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I fish a lot off the coast of New Jersey.

I think I've fished a couple dozen of these things out of the water.

Them, and those goddamm plastic bags. People are friggen pigs.
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sounds like a good law
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