• Orleans considering balloon ban


    ORLEANS, Mass. - The town of Orleans could be the latest in the state to ban balloons.

    The Board of Selectmen voted this week to hear a proposal on the ban sometime this spring. The bylaw would ban the sale and distribution of balloons inflated with helium or other lighter-than-air gas.

    Anyone who violates the law would face a fine of up to $50.

    The proposal is meant to cut down on litter that can harm wildlife. Both Chatham and Nantucket have balloon bans in place. 

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