By Justin Auciello

Planning on releasing a balloon New Jersey?

If one bill becomes law, that could cost you $500.

A measure introduced earlier this month in the state Senate by Declan J. O’Scanlon Jr., R-Monmouth, prohibits the intentional release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gases.

It cites balloons as a danger to wildlife and marine animals who mistake them as food or become entangled in the string.

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