Kentucky cops on high alert after rumours of real-life 'Purge'

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A scene from "The Purge" (Handout)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

Police in Kentucky went on high alert Friday after they got wind of rumours that some residents were planning evening of violent crime based on the Purge films.

In the films, mobs hunt and kill people during a fictitious 12-hour period where crime is legal.

The proposed hours of consequence-free crime were set to take place from 8 p.m. Friday until 6:30 a.m. Saturday in Louisville, UPI reported.

The threat was heightened when chilling photos of handguns and young men carrying assault rifles appeared on Twitter Friday.

Under a picture of two handguns, one person tweeted: “Waiting for the "Louisville Purge" like...”

Another Twitter user posted a photo of himself holding two assault rifles with the words: Me on my way to work tomorrow night. #Purge #Louisville”

"Anytime that there is a threat that affects our community we are going to investigate that," Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Phil Russell told WLKY. "If someone is threatening to harm members of our community, then we're going to investigate them and pursue that as best we can."

Early Saturday morning, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that they had spoken with the student who told a local high school newspaper that he posted the original "Louisville Purge" threat on social media — but only as "a fun thing."

Dwight Mitchell, a police spokesman, told the paper the department is still investigating threats.

"We don't know if it's a hoax or not," Mitchell said.

On Friday evening, the school's newspaper, Manual Redeye, posted an interview with the Iroquois High School student, whom it did not identify.

"It was originally supposed to be just a fun thing, I never thought it'd get as serious as it did," the student told the paper. "I was really shocked the first time I saw local media covering it."


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