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.READ MORE: Attleboro Animal Shelter Says Driver Deliberately Ran Over 5 Geese On Route 123
Supporters say the balloons pose a serious threat to birds and marine life that ingest them or become entangled.READ MORE: Large Search Underway Near Newburyport Boat Club For Missing Man Kevin Mahoney
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The new rule takes effect in November.