A prankster who tied red balloons to sewer grates, the calling card of a homicidal clown-like monster in Stephen King’s “It,” threw a scare into police in one Pennsylvania town.
Or so police claim in a humorous Facebook post.
A film adaptation of King’s horror novel opens Friday in the United States. The story follows youngsters in a small town in Maine where other children begin to disappear. Their investigation leads them to a monster named Pennywise that frequently takes the form of a creepy clown in the town’s sewers.
Police in Lititz Borough, Penn., near Lancaster, reported on Facebook that someone had tied red balloons to two sewer grates in the town.
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“We give points for creativity, however 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,” officers wrote.
Police advised anyone confused by the reference to seek out a preview of the film online. “We suggest watching the preview with a friend or coworker with all the lights on and the sound down low,” officers wrote.
The Facebook post concludes with a quote from the novel. “You’ll float, too.”