NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Was it a prank or something more? Residents in Park Slope, Brooklyn are scratching their heads after finding skinned goat heads hanging from a light post.

Cell phone video shows the two heads hanging high above the intersection at 5th Avenue and 9th Street on Tuesday morning. In the video published by DNAInfo, you can see as a man in red used a pole to knock down what many said was a disturbing sight.

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“I was kind of scared a little bit, I was a little bothered,” one resident said.

“I was waiting to cross the street on my way to work this morning and happened to look up and saw the goat heads hanging,” Park Slope resident Katherine Hurd told CBS2.

“I see sneakers, I used to live in the Bronx. That was something more like this is my neighborhood, I’m gonna throw my sneakers up there for people to see, but goat heads?” Willard Pittman said.

Curtis Frederick saw the dead animals on Monday afternoon and thought they were leftover Halloween decorations. He was shocked to find out they weren’t.

“It looked like some animal’s head chopped off, but from that high we couldn’t tell, it looked like it could have been plastic,” he said.

As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, by the time police arrived, the goat heads were already down. The heads were not preserved as evidence, but were tossed in the trash.

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Now the big mystery is…why were they there in the first place? Some residents have their theories.

“For someone to do that, it has to be some kind of ritual or something,” one man CBS2 spoke with said.

“It was just Halloween, it could be street art. Who knows, but definitely strange,” said another.

“There are some disturbing people in this world unfortunately,” one told Carrasco.

Police said there’s no indication this was part of a ceremonial ritual, and that the heads may have come from a nearby slaughter house that sells goats as Halal to butchers. However, they are still investigating.

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