Clown with 'fire crackers' approaches car
CLOWN HYSTERIA has taken hold of Gladstone, with locals banning together on social media to organise what appears to be a "clown purge".
More reports of clown sightings in Gladstone are popping up in a series of Facebook pages that track sightings across Australia and the world.
One local man reported seeing a clown at the roundabout near Riverstone Rise.
"We stopped (the car) to see what it was doing and it let off fire crackers and fire works!" one Gladstone user posted.
"Then it came towards the car."
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Gladstone police wouldn't comment on individual cases, but Queensland Police Service released a statement saying they'd received reports of "people dressing up as clowns with the intent to scare others".
"Police will not tolerate anyone engaging in intimidating or anti-social behaviour."
"Police will treat all reported matters seriously and people need to be aware that by engaging in these activities, they may be committing criminal offences or become victims of crime themselves."
Another Facebook user recounted in detail a terrifying run-in with a clown, earlier reported in this paper, which he claims was wielding a machete on Saturn Ct in Sun Valley.
"I was just walking near Sun Valley and a man in a clown suit and (with) a machete came up to me.
"He was laughing and (swinging from) side to side and he was saying hello and I wasn't staying around. I sprinted off down to the end of Sun Valley Road and I lost at the train tracks and then I called the cops.
"They told me to meet them at Sun Valley roundabout so I did and then I told them the description of him and they were out looking for him."
After recalling his frightening experience, he warned others to stay off the streets, pleading, "stop assuming this is fake. This is totally real. I don't want to see anyone get hurt. Please don't go out tonight. Please stay off foot in area, please, and lock your doors."
There's a sense of tongue-in-cheek for some over the craze's explosion, but for others it's deadly serious.
Some Gladstone residents are threatening to fight back with a "clown purge", with one man posting in the group, "I dare you dumb f*** to scare one of my kids. Grow up you Muppets."
Facebook group "Gladstone clown purge" is gaining traction, already attracting 128 likes.
One woman reported on Facebook group "Clown updates" reported that her daughter, who has a clown phobia, isn't able to go to school for fear of running into a clown.
Facebook group, "Clown Sightings All Over The World", listed Gladstone as one of first places in the nation where clowns were sighted, along with the capital cities.
The Facebook group also posted a freaky video of a clown wielding a bar and approaching a man filming.
One of the creepiest videos to emerge was reportedly shot near Caboolture.
As police try to get on with business as usual, Queensland Police Services Facebook page has been littered with comments asking police what they should do if they see a clown.
Police are responding by telling the public that it "it depends on what you observe the clown to be doing".