Whether it’s a single “Happy Birthday” balloon or a bunch of them acknowledging a momentous occasion, once they go into the sky, well, what goes up must come down.
Oftentimes, they travel a few miles offshore and land in the water, littering the sea that yachtsmen treasure. The MCS says that 10 percent of the balloons that go into the sky do not burst but, instead, float back down to the earth or sea. The ones that do burst can still leave remnants in the water. On a recent trip about 50 miles off New York, I counted two dozen sets of balloons in one morning. In fact, one arch-shaped group of blue-and-white latex balloons, in numbers too many to count, at first looked like a small boat on the horizon.