Halloween may still be more than a month away, but some mischievous clowns have already been spotted in Schuylkill County.
Pottsville police said they received a call around 7 p.m. Monday that two men were dressed as clowns and yelling at a group of kids in the area of Wolfe Street and Greenwood Avenue.
Police said when they arrived, the clowns were gone.
"If it was an attempt to actually scare the children, it was very callous and cowardly act," said Chief Richard Wojciechowsky, Pottsville Police Department. "If it was a misguided juvenile prank, it was a bad decision."
A witness said one of the men was dressed in orange and the other one in black. Another witness told police the clowns may have made their getaway in a gray or silver two-door pickup truck.
"It happened very quickly at our location. The actors left almost as quickly as the appeared," Wojciechowsky said.
The report in Pottsville comes amid other reports and social media posts about clowns frightening children in other states. Authorities have determined some of the cases to be unfounded.
Law enforcement officials in Alabama have warned that people involved in the creepy clown hoaxes could be prosecuted.
Earlier this month, police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, said they arrested a man who filed a false report of a clown sighting.
Anyone with information about the reported incident in Pottsville is asked to call police at 570-622-1234 ext. 331.