Reports of a peculiar scene spread through the Niagara County Fire Wire late on Sept. 28: A clown, holding a balloon, was spotted in the road near the intersection of Erie Avenue and Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda.
NT Police en route to Erie Ave. & Meadow Dr. for a clown with a mask holding a balloon standing in the roadway
— Niagara Co.Fire Wire (@NCfirewire) September 29, 2016
A little over an hour later, the Fire Wire's Facebook page shared a video, entitled "we did a bad thing," by user Shane Whipple and two friends, who claimed responsibility for the prank.
Watch the video below, but be warned that the language may not be suitable for all audiences.
We did a bad thing
Posted by Shane Whipple on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
According to WKBW, "It is unclear whether that person could face charges, but police tell 7 Eyewitness News that person would receive a 'talking to.'"
[Update: The clown was not charged]
USA Today just published a roundup of the creepy clown sightings throughout the country, and North Tonawanda's version prompted an eruption of responses - there were more than 3,400 Facebook shares of the original report, as well as nearly 1,000 comments.
Many takes were serious, but some were not.
From the initial post:
— Frankie (@Franncesca310) September 29, 2016
From Whipple's video:
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who dislikes snakes more than clowns, at firstname.lastname@example.org