By Staff

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.

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

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Violators will face a $100 fine.

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The new rule takes effect in November. Staff