A Florida man who simply hoped to enjoy a bit of romance with his boo instead ran afoul of a little-used environmental law.
Anthony Brasfield and girlfriend Shaquina Baxter were
sharing a mylar-filled moment in the parking lot of a Motel 6 near Fort Lauderdale, releasing a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the sky when a Florida trooper happened upon the scene and ruined the vibe by arresting Brasfield. The crime: "polluting to harm humans, animals, and plants" under the strictures of the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act. Apparently, endangered wood storks and brown pelicans live a mere mile and a half away from the location of Brasfield's romantic gesture, and could bear the brunt of the balloons' eventual landing.
"Between 2008 and 2012, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there were 21 arrests statewide under the rarely used environmental crime statute," reads the report. "The third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison."
Via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel