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Excerpts of a siren from a horror movie called “The Purge” were heard in several Christchurch suburbs as the country went into lockdown overnight on Wednesday.
The fictional movie, based in the United States, is about a national holiday which sees all crimes, including murder, legalised for a 12-hour period.
Before this period, known as the “purge,” a government announcement is made on television before a siren signals its commencement.
More than 1000 people responded to a Facebook event which aimed to get New Zealanders playing the siren from their speakers as the country moved to Alert Level4 at 11.59 pm, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A post on the event page read: “Please don't be offended by this, it’s only for a laugh since we will be in lockdown for a month maybe more. Stay home, stay safe we are in this together.”
Afterwards, videos were posted to Facebook by those participating and residents later said they heard the sirens in the Christchurch suburbs of Hoon Hay, St Albans and Riccarton, among others.
Police received no reports of the activity in Christchurch on Wednesday night.