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.READ MORE: 'It Meant The World To Me': Oakdale Officer Thanks Citizens Who Helped Him After Hit-And-Run
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.READ MORE: Could Mask Mandates Drive Business To Surrounding Counties Who Don't Have One?
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.MORE NEWS: Kaiser Permanente Sued By Federal Government Over Alleged Medicare Fraud
THQ says the balloons were completely biodegradable, and it has retained a cleanup crew to remove any lingering debris.