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State police: 'Clown pranks are no laughing matter'

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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut state police issued a warning on Wednesday that there will be serious consequences for those making clown-related threats.

Troopers said at least five people have been taken into custody so far.

They said the bizarre trend, which has swept the nation, includes individuals dressed as clowns to scare people.

Over the last few days, state police said there have been reports of clown sightings in Connecticut communities.

"While it is not illegal to dress as a clown, it is illegal to do so with the intent of causing alarm," state police said. "Individuals dressing as clowns and engaging in threatening or alarming behavior will be immediately addressed by law enforcement."

Troopers said the creating of social media pages, such as those on Instagram, which incite violence and alluding to creating fear, will be handled as criminal matters.

"We want to remind everyone that your online actions are not anonymous," state police said. "We will continue working with social media companies to identify those inappropriately using social media to cause panic."

Troopers said there are many other emergencies and calls for service that troopers and other first responders need to get to without being misdirected to a prank.

They likened the crimes to "swatting" incidents during which emergency response teams are called to a location for no reason.

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