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"Purge" threat in Oklahoma getting attention from police

August 21, 2014

It’s an Internet threat making its way around the country, and now it’s hitting in Oklahoma.

The threats come from an Internet flyer calling for the “Oklahoma purge.” It’s in reference to the 2013 movie by the same name where all crime, including murder, is legal for one night.

According to the flyer, the Oklahoma purge will take place on Aug. 30 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Aug. 31. Law Enforcement officers in the state are aware of the flyer and are monitoring the situation.

Although nothing is expected to come out of this threat, law enforcement officers have indicated that they will be on high alert that night to keep residents of the state safe, stating that it is always better to be safe than sorry.

A similar purge threat had police in Louisville, Kentucky on edge last week. Some people even reported seeing groups of people walking around the city in masks pretending to do the purge, something police said could also cause trouble.

Making light of the situation, residents in other states, where purge threats were made, even threw “purge parties,” where guests were encouraged to gather the night of the threat in costume and throw a party. OU students have stated there are plans for parties like this in Norman too.

Police said the best thing residents can do in the actual event of a threat is to report anything suspicious or unusual.

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