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Chehaw warns of dangers of balloon releases

Chehaw found these balloons in the park (Source: Facebook) Chehaw found these balloons in the park (Source: Facebook)
They posted the photo to Facebook as a warning (Source: Facebook) They posted the photo to Facebook as a warning (Source: Facebook)
Balloons can pose dangers to animals (Source: WALB) Balloons can pose dangers to animals (Source: WALB)
Morgan Burnette (Source: WALB) Morgan Burnette (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Chehaw is warning people about the dangers of releasing balloons after a group of balloons was found in the park.

Chehaw snapped a picture of the balloons after finding them last week.

Director of community engagement Morgan Burnette said they don't know where the balloons came from, but suspect they fell into the park after they released at a party or some event.

She said it's critical people think twice before hosting a balloon release, like during events to remember the dead.

She said balloons can pose a list of different dangers to animals.

"Animals can get tangled up in the strings, floating balloons can scare animals like livestock or horses and spook them into fences or equipment and kill them," said Burnette. "And then balloons, when they pop they typically resemble jellyfish, so they float along in the water and things like sea turtles and animals eat them, and eventually die."

Chehaw suggests people consider other options to remember the dead, like planting a tree or lighting a candle.

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