(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Threats of a real life purge are sweeping across the country, leaving many citizens fearing that these threats may eventually manifest into something other than a hoax.
On social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, posters of purges have circulated, claiming dates and locations of when these 12 hour nights of lawlessness will take place.
So far all the purges have been hoaxes, though that isn’t stopping authorities from monitoring the situation.
“Due to circumstances that have trended nationally in regards to flash mob violence, in light of what occurred this past spring here, we realize that these things can occur in an instance,” said Louisville Police Sgt. Phil Russell.
Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford stated that they are “aware of “The Purge” postings (based on the fiction contained in a movie) and are looking into this. Obviously, we will not discuss tactics, but as with any perceived threat, we appreciate the assistance of the public in passing that along to us.”
The purge threat in Louisville was traced back to a high school teen who created the Facebook page for fun, adding that he wasn’t aware of all the attention it would receive.
“It was originally supposed to be just a fun thing, I never thought it’d get as serious as it did,” said the student. “I was really shocked the first time I saw local media covering it.”
Below is a list of cities, provided by OcalaPost, that are rumored to receive a purge:
- Las Vegas, Nevada: Saturday, August 16 from 12 a.m. to 6 .a.m
- Phoenix, Arizona: Wednesday, August 20 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Jacksonville, Florida: Sunday, August 31 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Louisville, Kentucky: Friday, August 15 from 8:00 p.m. 6:30 a.m.
- Detroit, Michigan: Friday, August 15 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Los Angeles, California: Saturday, August 16 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- San Antonio, Texas: Friday, August 15 from 12 a.m. 6 p.m.
- Atlanta, Georgia: Sunday, August 31 from 12 a.m.
- Vallejo, California: Friday August 31 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunday, August 31 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Interlachen, Florida: Sunday, August 31 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Lake Worth, Florida: Sunday, August 31 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Knoxville, Tennessee: Saturday, August 23
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Sunday, August 31 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Houston, Texas: Friday, August 31 from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Sunday, August 24 8 p.m.
- The Woodlands, Texas: Friday, August 29
- Pensacola, Florida: Tuesday, August 19
- San Francisco, California: Friday, August 22 5 a.m.
- Miami, Florida: Date and Time TBA
- Tallahassee, Florida: Date and Time TBA
- Bay Area, California: Date and Time TBA