Balloon releases are not illegal in North Carolina | CHECK

More and more states are implementing stricter balloon release laws. But how does North Carolina compare?

CHARLOTTE, NC – In the summer there are usually more outdoor parties and gatherings with fun decorations like balloons.

More and more states are implementing stricter balloon release laws. But how does North Carolina compare?

Several states have laws in place that make it illegal to release balloons citing pollution and damage to wildlife. VERIFY viewer Betty B. emailed a question about balloon releases, asking, “Since littering is illegal, aren’t balloon releases illegal?”

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THE QUESTION

Is it illegal to drop balloons in Charlotte?

OUR SOURCES

THE ANSWER

No, balloon releases are not illegal in Charlotte.

WHAT WE FOUND

The City of Charlotte said in an email that “there are no city ordinances mentioning balloon releases one way or the other.”

However, Charlotte Code Enforcement said there may be state or federal law in place regarding this.

As it concerns balloon releases in North Carolina, WCNC Charlotte discovered that Wrightsville Beach had an ordinance in place prohibiting the release of balloons on city property, the waterfront and the waters surrounding the city.

Currently, 10 states have laws that prohibit large balloon releases or single balloon releases nationwide. North Carolina is not one of them.

As for federal laws, the FAA has rules and regulations on when hot air balloons can fly, but no federal laws regarding balloon releases.

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