Metallic balloons are endangered

May 30, 2008 5:33:46 AM PDT
California lawmakers are popping the balloon.

The state Senate has passed a ban on those helium-filled metallic party balloons.

Utility company officials blame fly-away balloons for shorting out power lines and causing hundreds of blackouts in recent years.

The bill would impose a $100 fine for selling the forbidden balloons. The measure now goes to the state Assembly.