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Teen takes credit for red ‘It’ balloons that ‘terrified’ police

Someone left red balloons tied to sewer grates in Lititz Borough, Penn., mimicking the calling card of a homicidal, sewer-dwelling clown in Stephen King’s “It.” A film adaptation of the horror novel opens Friday.
Someone left red balloons tied to sewer grates in Lititz Borough, Penn., mimicking the calling card of a homicidal, sewer-dwelling clown in Stephen King’s “It.” A film adaptation of the horror novel opens Friday. Lititz Borough Police Department

A girl says she and her friends are behind the red balloons found tied to sewer grates in a small Pennsylvania town, not a homicidal clown.

Seventeen-year-old Peyton Reiff tells PennLive.com the girls were trying to scare their friends in Lititz after seeing a trailer for the upcoming movie “It.”

A red balloon is the calling card of Pennywise, the sewer-dwelling, child-eating clown in Stephen King’s novel-turned-movie.

Reiff says the teens were surprised at how much attention the prank got after the local police made a playful post on Facebook, saying they were “completely terrified” to remove the balloons.

Reiff says they will meet with the department for a “funny follow up,” but says they are not being punished.

A certain movie is coming to theaters in two days, and a local prankster took it upon themselves to promote the...

Posted by Lititz Borough Police Department on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
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