Ahead of 'It' movie release, Pennsylvania prankster ties balloon to sewer gate, 'terrifying' police

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."

Later, the department said after the original post went viral, they turned the investigation over to the Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation and prosecution of the person, or “thing,” responsible.

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