Police ‘terrified’ by red ‘It’ balloons tied to sewer grates

The Lititz, Pennsylvania Police Department posted photos of red balloons a prankster tied to a pair of sewer grates. A red balloon is the calling card of Pennywise, the sewer-dwelling, child-eating clown in Stephen King’s horror novel “It.” The hotly anticipated movie version opened in theaters on Friday. (Lititz Police Department)

The Lititz, Pennsylvania Police Department posted photos of red balloons a prankster tied to a pair of sewer grates. A red balloon is the calling card of Pennywise, the sewer-dwelling, child-eating clown in Stephen King’s horror novel “It.” The hotly anticipated movie version opened in theaters on Friday. (Lititz Police Department)

LITITZ, Pennsylvania (AP) – Police officers in a small Pennsylvania town are evidently afraid of a certain homicidal clown.

The Lititz police department on Tuesday posted photos of red balloons a prankster tied to a pair of sewer grates.

A red balloon is the calling card of Pennywise, the sewer-dwelling, child-eating clown in Stephen King's horror novel "It." The hotly anticipated movie version opens in theaters Friday.

In a playful Facebook post, police write they admire the prankster's creativity but were "completely terrified" while removing the balloons and "respectfully request they do not do that again."

Police also suggest people watch previews of the movie with the lights turned on and the volume turned low.

The police department's post ends with a famous line from the book: "You'll float too."

Update: A girl says she and her friends are behind the red balloons found tied to sewer grates, not a homicidal clown. Seventeen-year-old Peyton Reiff tells PennLive the girls were trying to scare their friends in Lititz after seeing a trailer for the upcoming movie “It.” Reiff says the teens were surprised at how much attention the prank received. Reiff says they will meet with the department for a “funny follow up,” but says they are not being punished.

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