Will New Hampshire Lawmakers Suck The Air Out Of Balloon Launches?
Your future celebrations could look much different, with the possibility of banning balloon launches in the Granite State.
They are already banned in Connecticut, and now more states, including New Hampshire are considering deflating a long standing tradition of weddings, birthdays and memorials.
Maine's Portland Press Herald recently tackled the topic. Bills to limit the intentional release of large numbers of balloons are currently taking time in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Those in favor of a ban say helium-filled balloons pollute the environment, and threaten birds and other wildlife when they fall to earth.
Balloon celebrations have already started to feel the pinch. According the Press Herald, Clemson University quit releasing balloons at its football games. The Indianapolis 500 and the Nebraska Cornhuskers have faced pressure to take similar steps.
If this happens, New Hampshire joins California, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia, which already have laws that ban or restrict launches.