Red balloons released over San Francisco end up in Bay

By Victoria Schlesinger

Rain wasn’t the only thing falling into the Bay yesterday. Some of the 10,000 red balloons released in San Francisco as part of a publicity stunt by a video game company began dropping into the Bay to the disbelief of environmentalists. The company, THQ, said the balloons were meant to simulate part of its warfare game. The EPA, Coast Guard, and city of San Francisco are investigating the incident. [San Francisco Chronicle] [KGO-TV]

Tags: clean water act, pollution, red balloons, , thq, video game company

2 Responses to Red balloons released over San Francisco end up in Bay

  1. Antoine on 03/03/2011 at 12:56 pm

    I know that the company used all 100% biodegradable balloons, and if it hadn’t rained, (a small percentage, 1-3, of balloons that did land in the bay) the rest would have risen up to about 5,000 feet and exploded into tiny fragments that would break down in a few months instead of a year.

    Come on, I just read about the horrific things that they use underneath the water every time a boat hull has to be cleaned… 1,000 times worse

    • Marco on 03/03/2011 at 1:06 pm

      I also heard that the gaming company went out of their way to send a crew out to pick up all the balloons on the bay and found hardly none


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