After traveling past a storm drain in Spartanburg, South Carolina, a woman couldn’t believe her eyes. She dialed 911 right away, thinking a toddler was trapped in a storm drain with only their legs sticking out, reported explore newsner.
The phone rang at three o’clock. The Spartanburg Police Department dispatched officers to the area right after getting the information, but they were in for a shocking awakening.
“Halloween season has arrived in The Burg!” they realized it was all a joke.
“Officers responded to Northview St earlier this afternoon for a toddler possibly stuck in a street drain,” Spartanburg Police Department wrote on Facebook. “All the caller could see was the legs sticking out of the drain and believed the head was down in the drain. Once officers arrived, they discovered it was nothing more than a spooky prank using a doll. Upon further inspection, the officer located Pennywise hiding in the drain. No children were harmed in the creation of this setup.”
Even though it was a false alarm, the police department remained upbeat about the situation, saying that they wanted people to have a wonderful time this Halloween while also being safe.
“We want people to have a good time and if people want to have decorations you can do that,” added Littlejohn. “… We encourage them to go out and enjoy the holiday, but at the same time keep it safe and keep it fun.”
One of the locals discussed Halloween decorations and how they influence the types of individuals who come to the front door for trick-or-treating.
“We definitely go all out around this neighborhood, especially on some particular streets,” said the resident, Michele Harvey. “I think sometimes we have up to maybe a thousand or two thousand children visiting. I think it’s up to the homeowners to maybe monitor what they do put out.”
Spartanburg Police Major, Art Littlejohn, offered some advice to parents on keeping their children safe in this festive season of Halloween.
“We encourage parents to go out with their children. Stay in small groups and the parents can decide whether or not they want a particular child to visit that home,” the officer said. “So, if they have scary decorations and you think that your child will be scared by those things then just don’t visit that home.”
The officer also advised parents to teach their children not to enter strangers’ homes and keep a flashlight handy if it gets dark.
Parents should inspect the stockpile of candy the kids bring home to verify that nothing dangerous has been included.
“If they look open or if they don’t look right, throw them in the trash,” Littlejohn said.
The officer also said, “We ask that drivers slow down, especially in areas that they know the kids are going to be. So, just slow down, take your time a little bit and just be aware of the children.”