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Target halts clown-mask sales amid creepy-clown hysteria

Target halts clown-mask sales amid creepy-clown hysteria

Send out the clowns.

Target will stop selling clown masks amid a rash of reported clown attacks — real and fake — that have terrorized parts of the United States in recent months, a company spokesman said.

"Given the current environment, we have made the decision to remove a variety of clown masks from our assortment, both in stores and online," Joshua Thomas, the spokesman, said in an email.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has 1,799 stores in the United States. The company did not clarify Monday whether the decision would affect all of its stores.

But Target seemed to have quietly stopped selling clown masks on its website entirely. On...

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