SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The release of 10,000 red balloons in San Francisco to promote a new video game is drawing criticism from local environmentalists.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that THQ, a Southern California video game company, released the balloons Wednesday during a game developers’ conference downtown.
They were part of an effort to promote a video game in which the United States is invaded by troops from North Korea. According to THQ, the balloon release simulated a method used by South Korea to send messages of hope to North Korea.
But wind and rain pushed thousands of the balloons into San Francisco Bay.
Amy Ricard, a spokeswoman for the environmental group Save the Bay, says they amount to pollution and littering.
THQ says the balloons were completely biodegradable, and it has retained a cleanup crew to remove any lingering debris.