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Tue May 28, 2019, 01:52 AM

Balloon sales up in the air during helium shortage

An extended helium shortage has put the future of balloons in danger.

While scientific and industrial uses of helium are holding steady, the mainstream consumer helium industry, which includes your birthday balloons, may be on the verge of popping.

Balloons are the most well-known use of helium, but the lightweight gas is also used in MRI scanners, welding, breathing devices, cryogenics and other scientific research. Helium suppliers direct sales to the latter uses during a prolonged shortage.

Businesses that sell balloons are feeling he squeeze from suppliers of the nonrenewable gas.

Natalie Adams, store manager at the Rose Shop in Idaho Falls, said her store hasnít been able to sell balloons since the end of January.

Read more: https://www.postregister.com/business/balloon-sales-up-in-the-air-during-helium-shortage/article_e117b832-0acd-5bfd-9b5c-4cfe686b55a3.html
(Idaho Falls Post Register)

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 05:31 AM

1. Research at my place of work is curtailed due to helium shortage.

When it's available it's pricy.

I found it interesting that it was ever released for recreational use.

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Tue May 28, 2019, 11:45 AM

2. The school where I work has launched at least 1 high altitude balloon annually for several years.

We switched to Hydrogen 2 years ago. Much cheaper and has more lift in the bargain. Although, I can see why that won't work for party balloons.

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