It turns out the reports of “creepy clowns” being seen in Annapolis aren’t true.

Four students, between the ages of 7 and 9, had said they saw clowns in parts of Annapolis within the past week as they were on their way to school. But police in Annapolis said they re-interviewed the kids Tuesday and discovered those reports are unfounded.

Cpl. Amy Miguez, a spokeswoman for Annapolis police, said all four of the kids had similar stories of how the incidents occurred but police thought it “didn’t seem very likely” at first.

“You would think if someone saw it, more than four kids would also have seen it,” Miguez said. “It was concerning how it occurred so we wanted to get the information out there to let people know.”

She said police worked to try to find surveillance cameras in the area to see what happened and then interviewed the kids again on Tuesday.

“That’s what ended up leading to the admission that they made it up,” Miguez said.

It was not exactly clear what motivated the kids to make up the stories.

Other reports of creepy clowns have turned out in most cases not to be true, and police have started to make arrests after false reports in other parts of the country. Alleged clown incidents have happened in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky.

Miguez said such stories can sometimes “feed on itself.”

“One story comes out and people start talking about it,” she said. “Maybe someone would think that’s funny.”

She said while it was unfortunate that law enforcement resources had to spend time investigating what turned out to be false claims “it didn’t take a bunch of time to figure out” that it was untrue.