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Helium prices on the rise

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It's the time of year for celebrations, mother's day, graduations and proms, where many people like to use balloons for those parties.

However, you may have noticed the price for helium filled balloons have gone way up.

Demand for helium has almost doubled so the price for it on our end has pretty much doubled too.

The owner of Jensen's flower shop in Warren saw a big increase in the cost of helium tanks since last year. 

"This past summer I ordered another tank it was previously $150 a tank. It went up to $190. That's a pretty significant increase," said Rebecca Kresen.

Jeff Lyda is co-owner of Party On in Niles. 

He's delivered a balloon arch for the Austintown prom. 

Only a few are filled with helium because of the cost. 

 He said helium is needed for more important things than balloons these days.

"They use it to cool medical or scientific equipment. From hospitals to MRI machines. In scientific research there are machines that are cooled and managed through the use of helium," said Lyda.

Because helium is non toxic and non flammable, it's the only gas that can be used safely in medical machines.

Another big consumer of helium is NASA. They use it in rockets, wind tunnels and satellites.

Helium mostly comes from just three places in the world; Wyoming, Texas and Qatar. 

Experts said the price of helium will likely never go down as the demand is expected to increase with very little way to increase its actual production.

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