Creepy clown phenomenon reported in metro Detroit

A creepy clown sighting in Clinton Township as a spooky national trend is now hitting close to home.

They have been spotted in Shelby Township, the Waterford-Pontiac area and this weekend in Clinton Township. Police say they haven't received any reports of sightings, but an officer from another department says this trend is going to get before it dies down.

So the clowning continues, this time with a creepy sighting in Clinton Township, caught on tape by Chris Henckel.

"All of us in the car we were just terrified, we weren't sure if we just wanted to run through the red light just to get away from it," said Henckel. "We've seen the videos online of clowns coming after people."

Henckel says he and his friends were driving past a car wash at Moravian and Cass Saturday morning and recorded the video of what they say was a guy in clown garb at a car wash.

FOX 2: "I'll be honest I saw the video, I was skeptical. It looks staged."

"A lot of people are, we got that a lot over the past day," Henckel said. "People were saying that to us on Twitter, saying we staged it. Some kids at our schools said that it was staged."

FOX 2: "Was it?"

"No it was not staged," Henckel said. "It is actually real and we freaked out about it."

And they are not the only ones on edge. Meghan Rachelle took to Facebook after claiming to have seen a creepy clown near the Waterford-Pontiac border.

She wrote: "Everyone be careful. I just saw a clown on M-59 between Telegraph and Voorheis. I don’t know what these creeps are up to, but it was scary."

Jen Newcomb also shared a Facebook post about a man in a clown mask causing a ruckus on the road -- weaving in and out of traffic and riding her bumper down Van Dyke near 26 Mile.

The trippy trend is gaining steam but while some sightings are legit many cannot help but wonder if most of the claims are just hot air.

Even so hot air burns and this trend can be even more dangerous -- in Fort Wayne, Indiana a man dressed as a clown was shot in the head and he's reportedly still in critical condition.

Police say people dressing up as clowns to scare others have to consider the potential consequences of doing so.

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