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'Purge' hoax calling for 12-hours of lawlessness hits Wisconsin

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 MADISON (WKOW) --- A movie sequel is creating some concern in the social media world after a so-called 'purge' hoax went viral.

The sequel to the 2013 horror movie "The Purge" is out.  The plot of "The Purge: Anarchy" revolves around a 12-hour period of lawlessness when criminal acts are legal.

The hoax that first hit Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend is now hitting Wisconsin. It involves images promoting The Purge, listing a time and date, as well as a list of cities, including Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Madison.

A spokesperson at the FBI's Milwaukee office says they are aware of the hoax, both locally and nationally.  Madison Police Spokesperson Joel DeSpain says they too are monitoring the situation and hopes it is nothing more than a hoax.

Other cities have reported no incidents.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports a high school student admitted to starting the Louisville hoax.

Appleton Police told the Post-Crescent they are monitoring the situation there and working with other police agencies.

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