07 September, 2017
Police in Lititz Borough, Penn., near Lancaster, reported on Facebook that someone had tied red balloons to two sewer grates in the town.
The remake of a classic Stephen King horror tale about a homicidal clown is the apparent inspiration for red balloons being placed around the city of Girard.
In Lititz Borough, local police officers have been removing red balloons tied to sewer grates in the days leading up to the movie's release, and they're freaked out and annoyed about the stunts that recall the famous calling card of the It villain.
"We want the local prankster to know that we were completely terrified as we removed these balloons and respectfully request they do not do that again", the post read.More news: Oklahoma soldiers head to Texas for Harvey relief efforts
In a recent bulletin by the Pennsylvania State Police, authorities warned that similar clown sightings could happen because of the September 8 release of the "It" movie.
They also gave those who haven't seen the trailers for the upcoming film advice to watch the previews "with a friend or coworker with all the lights on and the sound down low", warning viewers by using the movie's tagline "You'll float too".
"'IT" the name of a horror film out Friday based on the 1986 Stephen King novel. Not only are they leaving the balloons for others to find, but they're leaving small messages to help build up the fear.