A reported alligator sighting in Connecticut caused quite the uproar across the state on Tuesday, but officials say they can't confirm that it actually happened at all.

According to a warning on social media outlets for East Lyme Public Safety, a citizen reported that they spotted a small alligator in Powers Lake around 9:32 AM Tuesday morning (July 16).

The town of East Lyme then put out a warning to residents, prompting anyone who may see the reptile, which was reported to be about one foot in length, to call the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Despite the original post being shared hundreds of times, and many local residents gathering at Powers Lake in attempts to catch a glimpse, WFSB reports that DEEP sent a crew out to investigate the sighting, but could not muster up enough facts or evidence to confirm that an alligator was present.

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