Is it Pennywise? Pa. town sees red balloons floating above sewer grates

Is it Pennywise? Pa. town sees red balloons floating above sewer grates

"I don't think we have an accurate balloon count, but it's definitely above 20", Sgt. Stephen Detz with the Lititz Borough Police Department told CBS News.

Previous year around the Halloween season, police departments in the Valley and the rest of the country investigated reports from people frightened by people dressed as clowns.

The Lititz Borough Police Department, located about 40 miles southeast of Harrisburg, posted photos of the frightening display on Facebook Tuesday, suggesting that it was the work of an amateur "promoting" the film's remake.

Pennsylvania State Police warned last week the upcoming release of "It" could lead to creepy clowns rearing their made-up, red-nosed faces once again.

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The force believes the prank is tied to the release of a new film adaptation of It, in which a shape-shifting monster - usually seen in the form of a terrifying clown holding balloons - lives in the sewers and terrorizes children in Maine.

In the book and movie, the red balloons are linked to evil clown Pennywise.

The department's post ends with the phrase "you'll float too", a tag line from the movie's trailers. Some not-good Samaritans have apparently been tying floating red balloons onto sewer grates around the city, a nod to poor little Georgie Denbrough, who followed his paper boat into a storm drain and got snatched away by the now-infamous clown agent of Satan known as Pennywise.

"They should respect others boundaries", he said.

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