The US state of Louisiana is currently struggling with the spread of the corona virus. In order to contain this as much as possible, citizens have been asked not to leave their homes between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., unless they have to go home to work or from work and can provide proof of this from the employer .
Because not everyone wanted to adhere to the nighttime ban, the Crowley, Louisiana Police Department decided to announce the curfew by siren.
However, they apparently used a pool of film sounds, because the siren sounds that came from the loudspeakers of the police cars seemed quite familiar to some residents.
Horror fans recognized the siren
Because fans of action horror films were guaranteed not to hear them for the first time, but recognized them from the film series "The Purge: The Cleansing". In the films, the first part of which was released in 2013, there is one night a year in which all crimes, including murder, are legal. The start of the "purge" is announced by the siren that also sounded from the loudspeakers of the Crowley police.
Some fans of the film series celebrated the memory of the popular film series, in the first part of which Ethan Hawke and "Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey play the leading roles. But there were also people who rubbed the parallels between a dystopian world in which society should be "cleaned" once a year and the current situation. One user called the use of sirens a "clear and obvious tactic to scare us".
Still others think they recognize the sirens as the ones that announced an air strike in World War II. This parallel could also be understood as quite macabre.
When asked by news broadcaster "KATC", the police department announced that they had not been aware of the parallels with "The Purge" and would refrain from using the sirens in the future.
This article was originally published on stern.de.