Police 'terrified' by red 'It' balloons tied to sewer grates

Someone in Lititz, Pennsylvania has been tying red balloons to sewer grates around the city and it's scaring the tuna salad out of residents. Lately, there have been a lot of odd things happening and they all stem from Stephen King's terrifying novel. Still, Stephen King's It hitting theaters is paving the way for many people around the world to try and scare their friends and strangers.

Ahead of the release of It, the new adaptation of the Stephen King thriller about a monster clown that terrorizes a ME town, you may have noticed some multiplexes floating red balloons to promote the film.

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".

The department posted about the incident on its Facebook page.

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

The titular character of the movie, adapted from a Stephen King novel, is a clown who lures children down into the sewers with red balloons.

With the movie's upcoming release and Halloween right around the corner, Pennsylvania State Police also warned about possible clown sightings. Not only are they leaving the balloons for others to find, but they're leaving small messages to help build up the fear.

  • Tracy Klein