Helium shortage continues on, no end in sight
Updated: Wednesday, February 13 2013, 03:00 PM EST
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - If you had your sights set on getting your loved one a helium-filled balloon this Valentine's Day, you may be slightly disappointed.
A national shortage of helium is preventing flower shops around the nation from filling up balloons.
Here in Kalamazoo, the owner of Ambati Flowers says they have been without any balloons for nearly 8 months now.
They were supposed to receive a tank in January, but it never came.
The owner says they've only received a few canceled orders because of it.
They're mostly substituting the balloons with other things like chocolate or teddy bears.
Helium is not only used in balloons, but in welding and medical devices.
So far, the shortage has no end in sight.