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Balloon release ban proposed in Queen Anne's County

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 12, 2019

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY, Md. — Queen Anne's County is one of Maryland's jewels, with nature and wildlife abound.

Chris Corchiarino is one of the county commissioners in Queen Anne's County and wants to protect that pristine nature of his county.

He offered up an ordinance that would ban the mass release of balloons in his county.

"Releasing balloons up into the air is nothing short of littering," said Corchiarino. "It goes up and I understand it sort of looks majestic and neat as it goes up but, they don't go into outerspace, they come back down and they land in our natural environment and create pollution."

Corchiarino says the new law would not effect a kid losing a balloon at a fair but, focuses on large release events.

"We're hoping that by introducing this ordinance, we will inspire some of the other counties or the state of Maryland to do the same thing," Corchiarino said.

The commissioner will have a meeting in August and vote on the law.