New Law Bans Mylar Balloons In CA: Here’s Why
California has banned mylar balloons under a state law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom due to their tendency to cause power outages and fires when they come into contact with power lines.
The law, known as Assembly Bill 847, requires all foil balloons sold in the state to meet certain requirements, including passing a standard test that is approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The law dictates that non-compliant balloons will be phased out over four years and violators could face fines of up to $2,500 per day.
Metallic balloons cause over a thousand power outages every year in California, impacting millions of Californians. In addition to their impact on the power grid, balloons pose a threat to animals when they get loose in the environment.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service advises against releasing balloons.