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No, The Purge Has Not Started. LA Police Apologize For The False Alarm.

By Kristy Puchko | Film | April 8, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | April 8, 2020 |


With the headlines of late, you might feel like we’re all stuck living in a dystopian movie. For the residents of Crowley, Louisiana, that feeling intensified, when the local police broadcast the siren sound effect from The Purge.

It wasn’t a joke or a casual pronouncement that crime would be legal for the next 12 hours. It was a horrific (and maybe hilarious?) mistake.

To help flatten the curve, Crowley has instituted a local curfew for 9 PM, which was signaled by an alarm. However, we suspect it was even more alarming when the sound they chose was the recognizable siren from the bloody horror franchise. Patrol cars were driving around the empty streets of the LA town, blasting the sound from their speakers.

You can see and hear for yourself, thanks to a local’s TikTok video:


Excuse my excitement scream. Happing now in my city!! Yes they was playing the purge sirens for our curfew ❤️❤️❤️ best day of my life

♬ original sound - jerriecradeur

Something similar happened last month in Washington, D.C. An ambulance was caught on tape blaring The Purge siren while driving up 14th Street NW, lights blazing.

The private ambulance company American Medical Response admitted the video was authentic. In a statement to DCist, AMR blamed an unknown pair for the seeming prank. “As so many of us are working tirelessly to confront this pandemic,” the statement reads, “It is unfortunate that two individuals can behave in such an unprofessional manner and tarnish the reputation of fellow employees who are truly committed to saving lives.” From there, the two reportedly resigned.

As for Crowley, EW reports “numerous complaints” were lodged. Police chief Jimmy Broussard said he didn’t realize the origins of the sound effect. It’s unclear who chose it or why this sound. The police have assured they will not use this particular siren again.

Or at least not until the Purge begins.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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