ORLEANS (CBS) – The public will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed balloon ban in Orleans.

The Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday to hold a public hearing on whether to prohibit the sale and use of balloons.

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The proposal calls for a ban on the sale or release of any type of balloons inflated with a “lighter-than-air gas,” which includes helium. Exceptions will be made for balloons launched by government agencies or scientific organizations.

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The intent is to address environmental hazards to wildlife and marine life in town posed by balloons.

There’s a proposed fine of up to $50 for anyone found violating the law.

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Chatham, Nantucket and Block Island have already enacted balloon bans.