Cops Sound Alarm on Project X Parties

Teens inspired by film taking over homes for parties
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2012 10:15 AM CDT
Cops Sound Alarm on Project X Parties
Scene from 'Project X': Don't let this happen to your house.   (Warner Bros. via Facebook)

(Newser) – Police are warning homeowners and parents of teenagers to ward off wild parties inspired by the destructive blowout featured in the movie Project X. Teens have taken over at least three vacant California mansions recently. Police found a DJ, drugs and booze when some 400 teens commandeered an empty $5 million mansion in southern California. They had heard about the party through Twitter. “These parties are hard to control," said a spokesman for the San Diego County sheriff. "We are hoping that parents will help us. It's a safety issue for the public and for the teens."

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Similar parties have been discovered in other states. A Project X-inspired blowout ended in a fatality in Houston, when several teens began firing weapons when police arrived, accidentally striking a partygoer, reports ABC News. In the movie, three teens take over a house after one boy's parents go away for the weekend and they throw a birthday party that spirals out of control. "These incidents are deplorable and it goes without saying that Project X is a fictional movie, and that Warner Bros. does not condone—and strongly discourages—anyone from attempting to imitate conduct portrayed by actors in a controlled environment during the filming of a motion picture," said a statement from Warner Bros. (Read more movies stories.)

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