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Sheriff's Office: 'Purge Night' Rumors Not True

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CENTRAL OHIO - "The Purge" horror movie shows everyday people who have 12 hours to commit whatever crime they want. Now, local law enforcers are getting calls about a Facebook post that claims there is a planned "purge" night in Central Ohio.

Some rumors have pointed to a "purge" night in Delaware County, where the sheriff's office and police departments are working to debunk the premise.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said they aren't interested in feeding the rumor beast, but said via social media that there is no credible evidence of a real threat, encouraging people not to fall for the urban myth.

The sheriff's office issued the statement via Facebook:

"The social media rumor of a planned ‘purge' for the Delaware area for Aug. 22 is just that – rumor! For those who don't know, the premise behind the 2013 movie “The Purge” is that for a 12-hour period crime is legal and government agencies take a brief hiatus. This simply won't happen in the real world! The #1 priority of all law enforcement in Delaware County is to provide for the safety of its citizens. The Delaware County Sheriff's Office takes all threats seriously, including those posted via social media, such as the purge. At this time there is no credible evidence to indicate that this is a legitimate threat. Sheriff Martin says do NOT fall into believing this latest urban myth. Numerous other communities throughout the U.S. are also being targeted. Sheriff Martin thinks Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff John H. Rutherford said it best when he cautioned the media to exercise responsible journalism in reporting on this myth. Many of the social media ‘shares' and ‘reposts' are merely people expressing their concern – and are not an endorsement of the purge threat."

Fans of the movie are also dismissing the rumor on the movie's Facebook page, saying "the more you talk about it, the more you spread it."

Police in Columbus, and Mansfield, and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office also heard of the rumors, but said nothing has happened impacting their offices.

All agencies said they are monitoring the situations, talk in their law enforcement circles, and act when needed.

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