Man's Romantic Balloon Gesture a Felony: Florida
Anthony Brasfield faces felony under environmental crime statute
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2013 8:06 AM CST
Be careful where you let go.   (©)

(Newser) – Warning to all Florida residents: Be sure to express your love in an Earth-friendly way. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that a 40-year-old man faces up to five years in prison because of 12 heart-shaped balloons. Anthony Brasfield was with his girlfriend in the parking lot of a Motel 6 on the morning of Feb. 17, and released the balloons into the big blue yonder. The intention might have been to watch them soar as high as their love; the reality was that a Florida Highway Patrol trooper was watching too, and deemed the act an environmental crime.

Brasfield was charged with a third-degree felony under the rarely used Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act. It seems a number of endangered species (including wood storks and brown pelicans) reside less than two miles from the motel; Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm animals.

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Feb 27, 2013 12:23 AM CST
Cops are dicks.
Feb 26, 2013 6:40 PM CST
Balloons that are released do endanger the lives of animals. Animals swallow the balloons and choke. Also, animals get tangled up in the strings and slowly die (strangulation, lack of food and water, etc.) Balloon releases are horrible!
Feb 26, 2013 6:38 PM CST
Damn I am glad this idiot cop wasn't around at my nephews birthday party last month, the whole family would be in jail.