(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Citizens across the U.S. are being warned about real life purges after numerous posters inspired from the movie have been popping up all over the Internet.
So far they have all been hoaxes, but 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.”
Authorities are investigating the origins of these threats, though currently only one of the threats has been tracked.
According to TheeEpochTimes, the Louisville purge was traced back to a local high school student who did it just for “fun.”
“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.”
A spokesman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer stated that a lesson people need to learn is to “be careful about what they say on social media,” adding that the city “got through it.”
Below is a list of cities, provided by OcalaPost, that have been/ 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