By Staff

July 12, 2021

-CBS Boston

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS) – Rhode Island is banning people from releasing a large number of balloons outside in a move aimed at protecting wildlife.

Under the new rules, people cannot intentionally release more than nine helium balloons.

Supporters say the balloons pose a serious threat to birds and marine life that ingest them or become entangled.

Violators will face a $100 fine.

The new rule takes effect in November.