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Ever wonder what happens to all those balloons?



A shot of all the balloons left on the floor at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
A shot of all the balloons left on the floor at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Frank Stoltze/KPCC
A shot of all the balloons left on the floor at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Balloon popper Dana Lemare at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Frank Stoltze/KPCC
A shot of all the balloons left on the floor at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Balloons left on the floor at the 2012 Republican National Convention, soon to meet a loud fate
Frank Stoltze/KPCC


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Thousands of red, white and blue balloons fell on the Republican National Convention Thursday night after GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave "the speech of his political life." Well, that's what all the pundits called it.

One little boy literally got lost in the sea of globes. A woman in heels nearly broke her ankle as she navigated the helium-inflated obstacles littering the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

It's become a poltical tradition that'll be repeated at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week. Yes, the balloons there will be red, white and blue too.

But what becomes of the balloons when all of the speechifying and celebrating ends?  Listen here and find out.