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Scary clown hoaxes, reports light up social media on LI

A Twitter user reacts to unconfirmed reports of

A Twitter user reacts to unconfirmed reports of clown sightings on Long Island. Credit: Twitter

Suffolk County social media users are clowning around with the latest reports of scary clown sightings on Long Island.

Since August, police stations around the country have been receiving reports — some of which have been determined to be hoaxes — of clowns being spotted in wooded areas, scaring neighborhood residents and attempting to get children to come to them.

The first reports came out of North Carolina and have since spread to Florida, Ohio, Maryland — and this week, Long Island.

Brentwood and North Babylon residents began to report seeing clowns at night to police on Wednesday and now county residents are weighing in on social media, with some sharing their fear of clowns and others pretending to be clowns.

A Twitter account called @LiClowns was created Friday and has made mock threats of visiting Suffolk schools.

Officials at the Central Islip and North Babylon school districts said Friday that such threats on social media prompted increased safety measures and calls to police.

Suffolk County police officials said Friday they were taking the calls about residents feeling threatened seriously.

The account, which features a clown profile picture and more than 3,100 followers as of Saturday morning, has continued to tweet plans to visit different communities within the county.

“Can’t wait to run into some friendly pedestrians today. #Babylon,” the account tweeted Saturday.

Twitter users shared that they were unsettled and amused by the reports, though many said they hadn’t witnessed any clowns themselves.

“These clown sightings are freaking me out bc I’m starting to think i see clowns when they’re just leaves on branches . . .” @jessicaandrrea tweeted from Selden.

Other users weren’t sure they would react positively if a clown sighting happened to them. Some even posted about wanting to go “clown hunting.”

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