Anthony Brasfield Arrested for Releasing Helium Balloons in Romantic Gesture

| by Michael Allen
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When Anthony Brasfield recently released a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the sky in Dania Beach, Florida for his girlfriend, he was arrested by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and charged with a felony.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Brasfield and his girlfriend Shaquina Baxter were in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when he released the 12 shiny, red and silver mylar balloons into the sky.

Minutes later, the trooper arrested Brasfield and charged him with violating the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act.

Only 21 arrests have been made under the environmental statute between 2008 and 2012.

Breaking the environmental statute is a third-degree felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison.

However, there is no way to be sure that the balloons actually landed in Florida or in U.S. waters.  The balloons just as easily could have floated out to international waters, where U.S. law does not apply.

Source: Sun-Sentinel