Church of Scientology apologizes for releasing hundreds of balloons at California event

Church of Scientology apologizes for releasing hundreds of balloons at California event as officials warn of ‘incredible harm’ to the environment

The Church angered local officials by releasing 100s of helium balloons at eventIt claims there was miscommunication about the City’s approval of a permit Ventura Mayor insists the city was ‘very clear’ it would not approve the balloonsEnvironmental groups warn the balloons cause damage to wild- and marine life

The Church of Scientology was forced to apologize after releasing hundreds of balloons at the opening of a new church. 

The release of the helium balloons, which can damage the environment and affect marine life, infuriated local officials on Saturday. 

The city Council of Ventura, which lies some 68 miles northwest of Los Angeles, say the Church was not granted a permit. 

Church representatives said there had been ‘misunderstandings on both sides about the City’s written approval of a special events permit.’ 

The Church of Scientology was forced to apologize after releasing hundreds of balloons at the opening of a new school

Church representatives said there had been 'misunderstandings on both sides about the City's written approval of a special events permit'

Church representatives said there had been ‘misunderstandings on both sides about the City’s written approval of a special events permit’

They reportedly apologized to city officials, who fear environmental damage caused by the balloons, during a council meeting on Monday.  

According to Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, The Church of Scientology applied for a permit with the city, which included asking for permission to release the balloons. 

‘The city was very clear with them that they would not approve the balloon release,’ LaVere told CNN. 



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