WH asked about 'creepy clown' sightings

The White House fielded a question Tuesday about sightings of clowns across the country. 

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"I don't know that the president has been briefed on this particular situation,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked by Bloomberg’s Justin Sink about reports of people dressed as clowns making threats and committing crimes in at least seven states since the summer. 

“Obviously, this is a situation that law enforcement is taking quite seriously,” Earnest added, directing follow-up questions to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. 

The eerie clown sightings have made national headlines and raised fears of a strange, new crime wave. 

Local police have charged at least 12 individuals with making false reports, threats or chasing people, according to The New York Times. 

Since August, people in upstate New York and other states including South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Georgia have reported incidents involving people dressed as clowns, according to CBS News.

New York Police Deputy Commissioner John Miller was asked about such threats on Monday and told reporters they had been deemed harmless, CBS News added.

“We’re tracking it but we don’t see any real threat here,” Miller said. 

“Our main message is don’t believe the hype and don’t be afraid of the clowns.”

Horror author Stephen King, whose novel “It” features a murderous clown, tweeted about the reports on Monday.