Conn. bamboo planters could face legal liabilities

Conn. bamboo planters could face legal liabilities

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By SUSAN HAIGH

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An aggressive variety of bamboo is wreaking havoc on many homeowners and prompting some state and local governments to consider holding those who plant it accountable for any damage it may cause.

Connecticut's General Assembly is 1 of the latest governmental bodies to pass legislation regulating running bamboo, considered a fast way to grow a privacy screen.

A new state law effective Oct. 1 makes people who plant running bamboo on their property liable for damages caused from allowing the plant to spread to neighboring properties.

Officials in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere have also restricted running bamboo.

The plant can grow up to 40 feet tall. It boasts roots that can extend 20 feet a year and that have been described as having the strength of steel.

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