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Group of Md. Clowns Back Out of Parade Amid Rash of Creepy Clown Reports

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP/WBOC) - A group of clowns in Maryland has decided not to take part in a parade amid a recent rash of creepy clown sightings across several states.
    
Tom Holland, a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club's clown unit, said the group won't be participating in a scheduled parade in Hagerstown.
    
Holland said the group is also considering whether to take part in an upcoming Cumberland parade.
    
Since August, people in states including South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, among others, have reported scary or suspicious encounters with people dressed like clowns, spreading fear through several communities.

Clown sightings have also been reported in Salisbury, Md. where police reported that during the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 25, members of the department began investigating two separate reported clown sightings in the Fairground Drive area of the city. 

Some of the reported sightings in the nation have turned out to be hoaxes. Law enforcement agencies warn that people making false reports as well as those dressing up and trying to scare others will be charged.
    

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