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This red balloon in SLO was probably not put there by an evil clown. Probably

This balloon in San Luis Obispo probably wasn’t placed here by a cannibalistic clown. Probably.
This balloon in San Luis Obispo probably wasn’t placed here by a cannibalistic clown. Probably.

Coulrophobes beware: A red balloon bearing the words “We all float down here” mysteriously appeared near downtown San Luis Obispo on Friday, on the heels of the theatrical release of the clown-fueled nightmare movie “It.”

While it’s unclear whether the balloon is viral movie marketing or perhaps a teenage stunt — San Luis Obispo High School is right up the road — SLO isn’t the only city to be “terrorized” with visions of cannibalistic clowns bearing gifts; police in Lititz, Pennsylvania, posted on social media recently admitting they were “completely terrified” when a red balloon showed up outside a sewer drain.

And in 2016, creepy clown sightings became almost routine to the point where there’s even a Wikipedia page about them. (We even had a sighting in Nipomo.)

Red balloons are a calling card of the creature featured in both the “It” miniseries and movie based on Stephen King’s hit novel.

A Tribune inspection of the scene near Johnson Avenue and Marsh Street revealed no evidence of clown activity, sinister or otherwise, near the grate.

In an adaption of the classic Stephen King horror novel, a group of kids in Derry, Maine try to solve the mystery of what is lurking in their town's sewers.

This video posted to Facebook on Tuesday claims to show two Nipomo residents driving in an unpopulated area of Nipomo late at night and coming upon a creepy clown on street corner. Prank or not, it's part of a nationwide craze that started making

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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