Church of Scientology releases balloons to celebrate new church, upsets Californians - 2020-02-27
On Saturday, Scientologists celebrated their new facility in Ventura County, which is a bit more than an hour north of Los Angeles. The occasion was marked by red and gold helium balloons being released over the scenic beach side community.
Church officials insist that they applied for permit for their event, which they say made clear there would be a balloon release. City of Ventura officials said the controversial church, which boasts Tom Cruise as one of its most celebrated members, was well aware that it would not be OK to discharge the mini-dirigibles, which can be ingested by animals and wildlife.
Representatives from the church reportedly said the balloons were environmentally friendly. Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere told CNN that was not the case and that Scientologists attended a city council meeting Monday where they apologized for their part in the alleged misunderstanding.