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Police warn against 'Purge' threat in Griffin

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"Purge" threats have sprung up in cities across the country, but so far, all have turned out to be hoaxes.

Posts have been circulating on social media claiming that such an event will take place Friday night in Griffin.

"There's a little bit of fear in people," admitted Kendra Thompson, a Griffin resident.

"It's a little scary," seconded Saveeha Fuller, who also lives in Griffin.

"The Purge" comes from the movie of the same name in which any and all crime is legalized for a 12-hour period once each year.

The 2013 film, which stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady, was made for about $3 million and grossed more than $89 million during its theatrical run, according to its Wikipedia entry. In 2014, a sequel, "The Purge: Anarchy" was released.

For days, social media posts have been popping up warning violent events will take place in Griffin beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and lasting until 5 a.m. Saturday.

"I've had to field some calls today, people calling the police department wanting to know if this is real," said Lieutenant Mike Richardson with the Griffin Police Department.

Richardson said they have no credible information that such an event will occur.

"It's a social media hoax," said Richardson.

However, in an overabundance of caution, Richardson said officers have been informed about the threats and will be carefully patrolling the streets.

He also stressed there is no amnesty period in Griffin for any crime. "There are serious consequences when we participate in criminal acts," warned Richardson.

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