Langley RCMP are trying to head off a potentially destructive house party before it even gets started this weekend.
Anyone trying to show up for the party, widely advertised on Craigslist, Facebook, and other social networking sites, will be met instead with police roadblocks and traffic checks.
The ads showed up on a variety of social media websites earlier this month, including at least two Craigslist ads.
“Party at my house,” reads one notice. “The theme is going to be TIGHT AND BRIGHT. There will be a DJ etc.”
“THE REAL DEAL, IS FINALLY HERE JUST LIKE YOU WANTED,” says another notice, on Craigslist. “ITS GOING DOWN, AND ITS GOING TO BE BUCK. OVER 3000 ATTENDING.”
Given the number of people potentially attending, police got in touch with the people linked to the Facebook invite, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
The invitation may have been a hoax, said Marks.
The person named as the party organizer has a Facebook account indicating he’s about to begin Grade 12 at Walnut Grove Secondary.
However, it appears his account may have been compromised, and he may not have been the one sending out the messages, said Marks.
The notices on Facebook have been removed, but several other ads remained on other social media sites.
The exact address is not given, with people given a link to the Facebook page – now shut down – or told that the venue would be announced a few days before the event. The general area is listed in one of the Craigslist ads, placing the home on a cul-de-sac off Telegraph Trail.
Anyone who attempts to follow the directions to the area home will find more police than partygoers, said Marks.
Extra officers and volunteers will be deployed, and the Abbotsford Police, transit police, and Lower Mainland District RCMP are preparing to share information.
A variety of roadblocks at several locations were planned to watch for drunk drivers.
The main concerns for the police, especially given the party seems to be a hoax, is a large number of teenagers descending on an unsuspecting home in Walnut Grove.
Underage drinking, drug use, property damage, trespassing, and confrontations with neighbours could all arise, said Marks.
Given that it’s an undisclosed location, if someone did get hurt police might have trouble locating the scene to help, she added.
The event was being referred to as Project X Walnut Grove.
Project X was a recent movie about three teens who throw a party, advertised on Craigslist, that gets so out of control that much of their block burns to the ground.