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    Romantic Man Arrested for Releasing Balloons

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    A romantic man is arrested for releasing balloons.

    We've all given balloons to others on special occasions.

    Well, 40-year-old, Anthony Brasfield released about a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the sky over a nearby beach with his girlfriend.

    The couple had been in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when they let the colorful display float upwards, however a state trooper witnessed the incident. Instead of seeing it as a sweet motion between two lovebirds, he took it as an environmental crime.

    Brasfield is facing a felony charge of polluting to harm humans and animals under the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act, which is punishable by up to 5 years in jail. Apparently endangered wildlife species take refuge in a park close to where the balloons were released.

    Last year, a photo made the rounds online of a woman holding a heart balloon in the rotunda of the Capitol in Wisconsin as a form of protest. The release of the balloons, which served as a symbol of the Wisconsin Uprising had been banned in the dome.

    If citizens chose to let go of the inflatables, they were arrested and then ticked $263.50.