California legislation would ban metallic balloons


Surely, the people who blow up those cute metallic birthday balloons wouldn't lob a label like that at state Sen. Jack Scott.

Oh, yes, they would. Balloon vendors say the Altadena Democrat is threatening their livelihood with a bill that would ban helium-filled metallic balloons. Their rallying cry: "Don't outlaw fun in California."

As curious as this all sounds, Scott's Senate Bill 1499 really would burst a few foil bubbles if it becomes law. One family's fun, he explained, can disrupt life for thousands of their neighbors.

Utility companies blame the metallic inflatables for hundreds of power outages and millions of dollars of losses.

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