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Red balloons are appearing near sewers in St. Pete, and across the country

By Christopher Spata, Times Staff Writer
A balloon sits near a storm drain in St. Petersburg's Crescent Heights neighborhood on Tuesday. [SCOTT KEELER | Staff]

Residents of the Crescent Heights neighborhood in St. Petersburg woke up to a creepy surprise on Halloween, though exactly how creeped they were might depend on how they feel about clowns.

In what appears to be a nod to the latest film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, someone overnight placed dozens of balloons near storm sewer drains and on corners throughout the area.

The balloons were attached to paper boats with the words “S.S. Georgie.”

In the film, the appearance of a red balloon is a harbinger to Pennywise, the terrifying, demonic entity that takes the form of a circus clown and sometimes lures children into the sewer.

A delightful #Halloween morning surprise in my neighborhood. #YoullFloatToo @ITMovieOfficial

— Chelsea Tatham ὒἸ (@ChelseaTatham) October 31, 2017

Every block on our neighborhood has a red balloon over the storm drain. Well played, Crescent Heights.

— Jeff Johnson (@Name_u_know) October 31, 2017


But it looks like St. Petersburg wasn't the only place where red balloons were showing up on Halloween. Twitter was full of similar scenes from around the country.

Here's a look at some of the red balloons spotted on Halloween.



— sparanormal (@spara) October 31, 2017

Someone in my moms neighborhood is putting up red balloons

— abbs (@abigailmadilynn) October 31, 2017

Wonder what's in the gutter???@redballoons @halloween @clowns

— Shad (@shadisfish) October 31, 2017

there's a student dressed as pennywise placing red balloons all over campus i love college

— cris (@hiraethes) October 31, 2017

Whoever keeps putting red balloons around town, please stop littering. #NobodyTrashesTennessee

— Nobody Trashes TN (@NobodyTrashesTN) October 31, 2017

somebody put red 'IT' balloons around campus but its places nobody could fit so that doesnt really make sense

— conner (@cccccccggggg) October 31, 2017

"Police Would Like You to Please Stop Tying Creepy Red Balloons to Sewers"

— Keith Jenkins (@kgjenkins) October 31, 2017

To the person in Thousand Oaks tying red balloons to storm drains....I love you, and can we be friends?!

— Snow Tish ὂ (@12thmanTish) October 31, 2017

*Extreme Georgie voice* You'll float too.

— LaVendrick Smith (@LaVendrickS) October 31, 2017


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