“We give points for creativity, however, we want the local prankster to know that we were completely terrified as we removed these balloons from the grates and we respectfully request they do not do that again,” a police officer wrote on the Lititz Borough Police Department Facebook page. Earlier, they had discovered red balloons all over town, tied to sewer grates, seemingly with the intention of attracting the attention of small children to sewers where an ever-present demon that takes the shape of a clown could easily pull them under to feed on their young flesh.
It’s a pretty good prank. Or at least a viral marketing ploy for the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT.
And it’s also freaking out the local police whose Facebook posts on the developing demon balloon situation in their small town have gone viral. Here are the pictures of the spooky balloons in question:
The police department had some fun with the reaction to their initial post, following up with another post that showed one of the police officers trying to take prints off the balloon.
It’s nice to know the police are being diligent in their attempts to curb any type of clown horror that may pop up in their town. But at the same time, it seems like they’re making light of this situation. This is exactly the type of reaction you would get if there was a real Pennywise terrorizing children. “Haha, nice joke, prankster.” Meanwhile, we got kids sailing paper boats in the rain getting their arms torn off and the only thing anyone can do is build slingshots and stare at shower drains.