Conflicting speculations over large-scale Facebook event in Kamloops

Tree flats in Barnhartvale.
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There's controversy over whether a viral end of the world party in Kamloops circlulating on Facebook since 2009 will actually happen.

The online event page lists about 14,000 confirmed attendees, another 3,700 who may attend and roughly another 5,500 who have been invited.

Kamloops RCMP are saying it won't happen and aren't making it a priority.

"It's a joke," says Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward. "Is there anything we think is going to happen? No."

Ward says the police are inundated with false alarms and this event is no different, describing it as a social media spoof. The event is listed as 'public' meaning that any Facebook user can add themselves and be included in the festivities and comments dating back to 2009 imply the party will happen.

"Going out with a blast," said one user today.

"Never thought this would get this big," said another.

One post recommended designated drivers because "cops will be like vultures for this gathering."

Another wrote, "I would go but with that many people at one party there is bound to be deaths."

Ward said RCMP are following it but warn online information could be misleading. He states the event might be elsewhere with planners using the Tree Flats location as a cover, knowing the RCMP might be watching Facebook. Ward said RCMP are being careful about how much weight they're putting on the information.

"People like to be part of something that seems trendy and groupie," he said. "If they're smart, they'll stay away."

— Jessica Wallace
jwallace@infotelnews.ca
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Memorial site for 19-year-old who passed away in his pickup truck after a party at Tree Flats.
Memorial site for 19-year-old who passed away in his pickup truck after a party at Tree Flats.
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An abandoned car found at Tree Flats, Dec. 13, 2012.
An abandoned car found at Tree Flats, Dec. 13, 2012.
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