Bainbridge Island City Council 'deflates' balloon ban proposal

The Bainbridge City council voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to an amended version of the proposed balloon ban. Instead of an all-out ban, the new ordinance prohibits people from releasing any kind of balloons into the air.  (Photo: KOMO News)

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. - The Bainbridge Island City Council has deflated a controversial balloon ban proposal.

The council voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to approve an amended version of the original proposal. Councilmember Michael Scott introduced the initial, all-out ban last week, citing environmental concerns.

The new version omits a complete ban on balloons, but does implement a ban on the release of any type of balloon.

The new ordinance means residents can still have an buy balloons, but they'll be prohibited from releasing them into the air.

The revised ordinance goes into effect in five days.

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