Releasing balloons outdoors now illegal in Va.

BLUEFIELD, Va. — It is now illegal in Virginia to release non biodegradable balloons outdoors, and a local leader wants to see the same restrictions in West Virginia.

As of July 1, anyone releasing balloons into the air for any reason, even a memorial, can be fined up to $25 for each balloon.

The new law also says that if a person under the age of 16 releases a balloon at the instruction of an adult, the adult shall be liable for the civil penalty.

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“I think it’s a great idea,” said Mercer County Commissioner Greg Puckett. “I, too, have celebrated with balloon releases, but, over time, I’ve learned the problems associated with that activity.”


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