Tim Curtain's good deed
Save the river

King George, VA

#1 Dec 19, 2012
I read in the paper this morning about what should be an act that I would normally support and advise others to do so. On Friday the American Legion is going to release baloons in honor of our troops and troops that Tim Curtain knew personaly who lost their lives fighting for us. Again, I support anything we can do to show our military how much we appreciate them. But, releasing baloons over the Potomac river is not a smart thing to do! They will eventually come down and cause havoic on wildlife and who knows what. The local FAA is suppossed to be notified also when releasing large amounts of baloons and I would imagine Dahlgren will want to know also. Great cause, wrong place to do it...just a thougt.
Jesse Guy

King George, VA

#2 Apr 22, 2013
Releasing balloons is a crime.


§ 29.1-556.1. Release of certain balloons prohibited; civil penalty.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly release or cause to be released into the atmosphere within a one-hour period fifty or more balloons which are (i) made of a nonbiodegradable or nonphotodegradable material or any material which requires more than five minutes’ contact with air or water to degrade and (ii) inflated with a substance which is lighter than air. Any person who violates this section shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed five dollars per balloon released above the allowable limit, which shall be paid into the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Endowment Fund established pursuant to § 29.1-101.1.

B. The provisions of this section shall not apply to (i) balloons released by or on behalf of any agency of the Commonwealth, or the United States or pursuant to a contract with the Commonwealth, the United States, or any other state, territory or government for scientific or meteorological purposes or (ii) hot air balloons that are recovered after launch.(1991, c. 607.)

This law is in Title 29 of the Code of Virginia, enforced by local law enforcement and prosecuted by local Commonwealth’s Attorney. So, if you know of any plans to release a large number of balloons into the air, notify local law enforcement. Be sure to quote the Code section, they may not be familiar with it.

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