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Easton balloon shop owner says business isn't deflating amid helium shortage

EASTON, Pa. - A global helium shortage may be forcing Party City to close dozens of its stores, but the deflating sales are proving to be a boost to one local business.

Karen Ford of Events By BalloonWorks in Easton says since she started her business 30 years ago, the future of helium availability and its price has always been unstable.

Helium, a nonrenewable natural resource, is being used up faster than it can be produced. Global politics in the Middle East have also tied up much of the world's supply.

BalloonWorks has a contract with a helium supplier, although Ford says the price depends on what part of the country you live in.

"Every 6 months  we would get notified the prices are going up there is going to be a shortage. But I've never not been able to get helium. I've never been worried about it either,” Ford said.

Karen asks her clients not to pop and dispose of the balloons purchased. Instead, she'll collect them after an event to save for another project.

She says even if helium became nearly impossible to come by, she doesn't anticipate business deflating.

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