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Use of "The Purge" siren in Crowley gets national attention

Crowley Police unit
Posted at 6:21 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 07:21:36-04

An unfortunate decision by the Crowley Police Department to signal the start of their parish-wide curfew with the sound of "The Purge" siren is getting national attention.

On Wednesday night, late night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel shared the video of the siren during his quarantine monologue.

See that video below

The story has also been shared over the past week by national media like ABC News, People Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly and by local media all over the country.

Crowley Police told residents the implementation of the siren was to enforce the 9:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew that is currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sound would indicate to residents that they would not be allowed to leave their homes until the following morning.

The siren, however, was not well received with over 500 comments on the department's Facebook page.

Police Chief Jimmy Broussard told KATC last week that he had no idea the sound was associated with "The Purge" and that he doesn't plan on using the siren moving forward.

"The Purge" is a horror film that depicts a time in America when a national holiday is celebrated (The Purge) in which all crimes, including murder are legal for a 12-hour period. When the 12-hour period begins, sirens begin to blare and all emergency services are unavailable.

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