Clown scares lock down village of Florida schools

Creepy clown scares caused two school lockdowns Tuesday in the Orange County village of Florida, but authorities later called them hoaxes.

Creepy clown scares caused two school lockdowns Tuesday in the Orange County village of Florida.

Creepy clown scares caused two school lockdowns Tuesday in the Orange County village of Florida. (10/4/16)

FLORIDA - Creepy clown scares caused two school lockdowns Tuesday in the Orange County village of Florida, but authorities later called them hoaxes.

State police, K-9 units and other authorities were called to the S.S. Seward Institute after a scare there.

Police say Golden Hill Elementary School was also put on lockout after students reported seeing a clown in a wooded area on Farries Avenue near the school, and a related threat surfaced on Instagram.

Police say they are still investigating the online threat.

Clown scares appear to be a growing social media prank, but police warned it could have dangerous results after a teen posed with a clown costume and BB gun in Newburgh.

"They might be pretending, and we're looking at them as a real threat," says Florida Police Chief Jim Coleman, who added that such situations could result in a police-involved shooting.

The Florida incident follows a number of similar scares across the state and nation, including in nearby Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Newburgh. Last Friday on Long Island, a similar incident caused a school lockdown.

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