(AP) — People dressed as clowns are causing a stir in California's San Joaquin Valley.
The latest after-dark sighting came Saturday, when police in Bakersfield responded around 8 p.m. to a report of a clown holding a firearm.
Officers searched but didn't find anyone.
The Bakersfield Californian reports that the latest sighting came after a week during which police received numerous calls about scary or mischievous clowns.
According to the newspaper, police said they have arrested one minor who acknowledged dressing up and chasing younger juveniles.
Local television station KGET interviewed the couple behind the initial postings. They told the station that the photographs were part of the a yearlong art project.
Police told the Los Angeles Times that there were nearly 20 calls in a span of a couple of weeks in relation to "weapon-wielding clowns."
Come find me and I'll give you a balloon