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East Hampton Town might ban the intentional release of balloons to protect wildlife

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Anyone who breaks the ban may be required to pay up to $1,000 in fines or spend 15 days in jail

In an effort to reduce pollution and keep wildlife safe, East Hampton is considering placing a ban on the intentional release of balloons, reports Newsday.

The ban would specifically be in place for those who release balloons on purpose—so those planning on letting go of a bundle in the name of celebration would not be allowed to do so, but of course anyone who were to accidentally let go of a balloon would not be in any legal trouble.

Assistant town attorney NancyLynn Thiele claims that the purpose of the ban would be to educate locals on the harmful effects of certain materials on the environment and wildlife that could consume them—but anyone who breaks it may be required to pay up to $1,000 in fines or spend 15 days in jail.

While the potential ban wouldn’t greatly affect the daily lives of East Hampton residents, it could have a big impact on local wildlife.

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