Red Balloons Tied to Sewer Grates Had Police ‘Freaking Out’ on Facebook

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The ’80s T.V. mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s frightening novel called “It” scared many kids senseless who tuned in, and “It” suddenly sparked a fear of clowns for a whole generation. Now, “It” is back with a new film version, and the movie looks to be even spookier than the first.

Photo: Facebook/Lititz Borough Police Department

In honor of the film’s release, a prankster in a small town in Pennsylvania tied red balloons to sewer grates, mimicking It’s presence down in the sewer, trying to lure children below. The Lititz Borough Police Department responded to the incident with a Facebook post showing the creepy red balloon and jokingly saying, “…we want the local prankster to know that we were completely terrified as we removed these balloons from the grates and we respectfully request they do not do that again.” They even posted a follow-up photo of a Criminal Investigations Division wearing a red clown wig attempting to find fingerprints on the balloon to catch “the person or ‘thing’ responsible.”

Photo: Facebook/Lititz Borough Police Department

ABC 7 reports that the stunt wasn’t viral marketing for the movie, it was a prank done by a 17-year-old girl who wanted to scare her friends after watching the movie’s trailer. Of course, she’s not being punished, and she’s reportedly working with police to stage another funny follow-up.