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Louisiana cops use siren from The Purge to warn coronavirus curfew has begun – leaving residents terrified

POLICE in Louisiana warned local residents of their nightly coronavirus curfew with a terrifying siren — one used in the thriller movie series The Purge.

As residents of the Acadia Parish prepared to stay in for the night, members of the Crowley Police Department were filmed blaring the siren at 9pm on Sunday.

Cops said when people heard the siren, they’re supposed to stay indoors until 6am the following day.

"If you are out between the 9:00 pm to 6:00 am you will be stopped and advised to go home,” a Facebook post from the department read, according to KATC.

"Acadia Parish received the worse rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order [to] try and slow the spread,” the department wrote.

“There is nothing anyone needs to be on the roads besides emergency situations. If you don't want to comply with the orders of the Sheriff and the Chiefs, you will [be] dealt with accordingly.”

Police said they would blare the siren for several days, then start issuing citations to those who refused to remain indoors.

Those heading to or from work during the curfew need documentation stating so from their employers.

The four movies in The Purge film series show a future America that allows crime to be legal for 12-hour periods, with emergency services are unavailable.

At the start of the movie’s “purge,” a siren — the one heard in Louisiana — is blared, signaling that murder and other illegal things are now legal.

The siren from the popular movies sparked mixed reactions from locals and social media users.

One person who posted a video of the alarm to TikTok called hearing the siren the “best day” of her life.

But another user wrote online: “As if things aren’t bad enough, the Crowley Louisiana police department played The Purge siren to notify its citizens of the evening curfew."

Someone else noted the siren caught people’s attention, alerting them to the curfew.

“No joke, I would 100 percent have a panic attack if I heard this,” a comment said. “Someone’s gonna get the wrong idea and start swinging,” another read.

Jimmy Broussard, chief of Crowley police, said he didn’t know the siren was used in The Purge movies, and said he doesn’t plan on using a siren moving forward.

In Washington D.C., members of an ambulance crew resigned after using the same movie siren in public recently.

The crew worked with American Medical Response, a private ambulance company contracted by D.C. to help respond to 911 calls.

The company said in a statement to DCist: “This act does not reflect AMR standards nor is it representative of the thousands of our emergency health professionals who are dedicated to our communities and the patients we serve.”

“As so many of us are working tirelessly to confront this pandemic, 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.”

The company added: “Once the video was posted, AMR management received two resignations before an investigation could be conducted.”

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