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Galveston City Council votes to ban balloon releases to protect local wildlife
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Dozens of colorful balloons floating through the air may seem like an eye-catching way to honor a special occasion, but the effects on wildlife can be far-reaching. 

Galveston City Council voted unanimously this month to ban balloon releases in the beach town due to the harm balloons cause to the environment and local wildlife. 

Under the new ordinance, purposefully releasing a balloon outdoors is now a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200.


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