Tuesday, April 08, 2008

California, where childhood fun goes to die

Remember those fun, metallic helium balloons you used to pine for as a kid? Well, the next generation of California kids may never get to enjoy them.

California would become the first state to ban helium-filled metallic balloons under a bill unanimously advanced Tuesday by a legislative committee.

Sen. Jack Scott, D-Altadena, said the party balloons frequently break free and float into power lines, where they can cause electric wires to arc.

He said they cause millions of dollars in losses for utility companies and businesses that lose electricity. Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the main utility in Northern California, says the balloons caused more than 200 power outages last year in its coverage area.

California, you really need to consider bumping your legislature back to part time status. They have way too much time on their hands.

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