LA takes silly string seriously
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- "Silly string," a colorful aerosol foam that children spray on each other, is not so silly after all, at least not in Los Angeles.
The city council voted Tuesday to ban the use of the string-like plastic derivative in Hollywood on Halloween because of environmental and security concerns.
Liberal use of the stringy foam by Halloween revelers had sparked fights in years past on Hollywood Boulevard, officials said.
"People get a little crazed at the end of the evening and they shoot the spray into each other's faces," said Jane Galbraith, spokeswoman for ban sponsor Councilman Tom LaBonge.
Merchants complained it was hard to clean up, while environmentalists charged that it harmed marine life when it drained from the streets into the ocean because it was not biodegradable.
"It's not silly at all," LaBonge told reporters.
The council voted 10-0 in favor of the ban and must approve the ordinance one more time for it to become law.
Galbraith said silly string offenders would face fines between $200 and $1,000
KD EDITORIAL: WELL FIRST OFF, CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN BAN SILLY FUCKING STRING FROM KIDS, WHILE THEY FACE A MAJOR DILEMMA IN THE SCHOOLING PROGRAMS ACROSS THEIR STATE. NOW ONTO THE FUN, ITS SILLY STRING, ITS NOT EGGING, SHAVING CREAM, TOLIET PAPERING OR EVEN NAIRING... ITS FOAM... FUCKING FOAM.. WOULD YOU RATHER ME THROW AN EGG AT YOUR FACE ON HALLOWEEN AND STAB AN EYE OUT, SO THEY CAN BAN EGGS FOR SALE?!?!? THIS IS A WASTE OF A LAW LIKE THE ONE IN NJ THAT YOU CANT BUY ICE CREAM AFTER 6PM ON SUNDAY WITHOUT A DOCTORS NOTE IN NEWARK.. I HAVE TO SAY IF I EVER SEE THESE LAWMAKERS OF THE WORLD, I WOULD LOVE TO FILL THEIR HEADS WITH JELLO AND KICK THEIR ASSES IN.. THIS LAW NEEDS TO BE FIRED