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Omaha Man Sues Nebraska to Stop Release of Balloons at Home Football Games


It's been a long-standing tradition at Nebraska home football games for balloons to be released after the team's first score. One guy is trying to put a stop to that.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, a local man by the name of Randall S. Krause is suing the school to stop the balloons from being released because they are a threat to wildlife. His claim shows a balloon's effect on animals, but it doesn't directly tie those specific deaths to the Husker balloons.

"The mass release of Huskers balloons puts virtually all species of birds, turtles marine mammals and small animals ... in harm's way," the lawsuit states.

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The suit also says children are in danger due to the balloons that land and become deflated, although it provides no example of this happening. 

"Children under 8 can choke or suffocate on deflated Husker balloons if they put them in their mouths."

Krause wants the court to declare the releasing of balloons illegal, although the school has been doing it since the 1950s.