A scary social media threat calling for a crime ‘purge’ spread fear within the residents of Louisville, Kentucky on Aug. 15. This is terrifying.
While the events in the 2013 film The Purge were merely fiction, the potential threat of it happening in Louisville, Kentucky and other cities is very real. Police say that a teenager spread the “Louisville Purge” threat around social media on Aug. 15 and it has since gone viral. The potential threat, which makes all crime legal for 12 hours, also spread to Detroit and has One Direction fans worried since the band’s concert is set to take place in the city on Aug. 16.
Louisville Purge: Social Media Threat Started By Teenager
In the movie The Purge, all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period without punishment. So when the “Louisville Purge” went viral on social media, Louisville police were worried about the very serious matter. The city of Louisville has taken extra precautions to ensure the safety of its residents.
The police have said they “take any threat that would incite violence on our community seriously,” Louisville police spokesman Sgt. Phil Russell told The Courier-Journal.
The police also say they are now investigating a teenager who has been accused of starting the threat, WKYT reports.
The “Louisville Purge” was supposed to take place from 8 p.m. on Aug. 15 to 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 16, according the newspaper. However, police are still on the lookout for anyone wanting to enact violence on the Lousiville community.
Police have said there was no serious violent acts that happened during the scheduled threat, but police increased patrols in the city’s downtown area after violence in March, WLWT reports. A scheduled football scrimmage between two Louisville high schools was canceled on Aug. 15, The Courier-Journal said.
Other rumors of a “purge” also took place in Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami and Cleveland, WLWT also reports.
Even though the “purge” did not happen in Louisville, One Direction fans are worried about the band’s concert on Aug. 16 in Detroit, since the scary rumor has gone viral. The concert is supposed to take place at Ford Field, the home stadium of the Detroit Lions.
THE PURGE IS IN DETROIT AND THE BOYS ARE IN DETROIT MOM CAN I GO TO DETROIT THIS IS EMERGENCY THEY NEED MEH #MTVHottest One Direction
— syakhira (@horansbubblegum) August 15, 2014
Can One Direction not perform in Detroit tomorrow tonight bc they’re trying to have a real purge there and I kinda don’t want them to die
— Larsa (@larsa_rasho) August 15, 2014
If there’s really a “Detroit purge” One Direction might just wanna stay home 😂✋
— laaurr (@LaurenWoodard6) August 15, 2014
Let’s hope this is just a cruel social media threat with no actual implications of real violence.
— Avery Thompson