Teen takes credit for red 'It' balloons tied to sewer grates in Lititz

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 7, 2017 8:07 AM

Photo courtesy of the Lititz Police Department

(Lititz) -- A midstate teenager says she and her friends are behind the red balloons found tied to sewer grates in a Lancaster County community, not a homicidal clown.

Seventeen-year-old Peyton Reiff tells the girls were trying to scare their friends in Lititz after seeing a trailer for the upcoming movie "It."

A red balloon is the calling card of Pennywise, the sewer-dwelling, child-eating clown in Stephen King's novel-turned-movie.

Reiff says the teens were surprised at how much attention the prank got after the local police made a playful post on Facebook, saying they were "completely terrified" to remove the balloons.

Reiff says they will meet with the department for a "funny follow up," but says they are not being punished.

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