(WMC-TV) - If you want balloons for your next party, you should start thinking of an alternative.
A helium shortage in the Mid-South is making party balloons a rare find.
A 1996 law is forcing the nation to sell off its vast helium reserve and now there is a shortage.
The relatively rare and non-renewable gas is used not only in party balloons but it is also needed for hospital MRI scanners, welding, optical fibers, and LCD TV screens.
Party supply stores are already feeling the pinch.