ATLANTA — The next time you buy some birthday balloons, they might need some help staying in the air.
There is a helium shortage in Georgia.
Petersen visited local party-themed stores, who said they don't have any helium to fill balloons.
We first learned of the shortage after a Channel 2 employee tried to get some helium-filled balloons for a birthday party and called store after store that had no helium.
Suppliers can trace the shortage all the way to the Middle East.
"A lot of our helium is sourced out of Qatar," store owner Michelle Chambers says. "I understand they've had issues getting it out of the country. So, this summer has been the worst for us in several years."
Chambers says another issue here in the United States is that helium plants in Texas have been off-line this summer. The amount Chambers was able to buy was cut in half.
Some of the largest party-theme business in the metro Atlanta area have none.
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