Party City is Facing a Helium Shortage

I’ve read about possible helium shortages for years, but this is the first time I’ve heard of actual impact.

Helium is a strategically important element used in MRI machines and scientific experiments. It’s so light, that if you don’t store it in a cylinder, it escapes into outer space.

Making it (transmutation) is too expensive for commercial use, so it has to be captured from decay. Hence using it in party balloons is short-sighted.

Interesting that balloon purchases make Party City Amazon-proof. 🙂

Dollar Tree also does a roaring business in the Bay Area for birthday party balloons.

cnn.com: Party City is facing a helium shortage. It’s also closing 45 stores HN
forbes.com: Why We Are Running Out of Helium And What We Can Do About It

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