- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) - Town officials have voted to ban all balloons from Block Island.

The New Shoreham Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate the sale, distribution and use of all balloons. WPRI-TV reports the ban goes into effect next Monday.

Police will enforce the ordinance. Violators face a fine of up to $200.

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The ban is designed to help protect the environment.

The balloon ban came after discarded balloons - none of which are biodegradable - became an issue to the community and the surrounding ecosystem.

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