Frequent Questions

How might balloons released into the air affect the environment? Who should I check with to see if balloon releases are allowed in my area?

There is no federal law regarding the release of balloons, but you should contact your state or local authorities because there may be regional or local regulations.

See: Health and Environmental Agencies of U.S. States and Territories

Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University Exit has compiled some of the laws that may apply to your state, but there may be more recent legislation.

For information on how releasing balloons can affect the environment you may be interested in the following document from the Marine Conservation Society.

See: “Don’t Let Go! (PDF)(7pp, 1.7 MB, About PDF) Exit

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