HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Is it a hoax or something more sinister? That’s the question people who live in The Woodlands are asking after a series of online postings threatening a “purge night” in Texas.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies tell KHOU they are getting calls from worried residents. So far their investigation suggests the threat is not real but not everyone is convinced.

“That frightens me and if it frightens me, I’m sure it would terrify other people as well so there should be some kind of recourse behind that, yes of course,” said Woodlands resident Melinda Myres.

The postings warn the “purge night” is coming on August 29th and mentions The Woodlands by name. They also name Conroe, New Waverly, Huntsville and other locations along I-45.

The postings refer to the 2013 movie “The Purge” in which law enforcement is suspended for one night a year and the streets are ruled by violent gangs bent on murder and destruction. A sequel, “The Purge: Anarchy” was released in theaters in July.

“It’s gotta be a marketing ploy,” Woodlands resident John Leighton told KHOU. “I mean that’s really all it is, just to create hype around it.”

Montgomery County Deputies say even if they find the person behind the postings, there probably wouldn’t be any criminal charges because the messages don’t explicitly threaten violence.

Some residents tell KHOU they’re not taking the threats seriously, but they might stay home August 29th, just in case.

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