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Price police seek to quell rumors of violence at upcoming International Days celebration

By Geoff Liesik, Deseret News

Published: Tue, July 22 6:29 p.m. MDT

 Police in Price say they have been unable to substantiate online rumors that someone plans to commit acts of violence during this weekend's International Days celebration.

Police in Price say they have been unable to substantiate online rumors that someone plans to commit acts of violence during this weekend's International Days celebration.

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PRICE — Police say they have been unable to substantiate online rumors that someone plans to commit acts of violence during the city's annual summer celebration.

"Price police have been aware of the rumors for more than a month," Police Chief Kevin Drolc said in a statement Tuesday. "We have and will continue to proactively investigate every item that comes to our attention. As of this writing, nothing has been substantiated."

The chief's statement did not identify the nature of the threats directed at the annual International Days celebration, and Drolc was not immediately available for comment.

The Deseret News, however, learned that the rumors began with Facebook posts that led police to interview several people. It was unknown whether any arrests had been made.

International Days is "the largest celebration in Carbon County," Price City Councilman Layne Miller said. It has drawn thousands of visitors to Price each summer for the past 35 years, he said.

"It's a celebration of our international heritage, which is based on the local coal mines and the people who were imported here to work in the coal mines," Miller said.

The three-day celebration, which kicks off Thursday, features free concerts, vendors in the park, free admission to the swimming pool, a car show and a burnout competition on Main Street, Miller said.

In his statement, Drolc said his officers and officers from other area law enforcement agencies will work to provide a safe environment during International Days.

"While we can make no absolute guarantees, we are confident that our celebration will be safe and enjoyable," he wrote.

The chief said anyone who sees or hears anything alarming, especially during International Days, should call 911. He also asked the public to help officers "by not perpetuating these rumors."

Email: gliesik@deseretnews.com, Twitter: GeoffLiesik

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1. MrsH
Altamont, UT,
July 23, 2014

Well, some childish person must really be enjoying all the attention being given to this rumor they started.
Sad part is, many people will probably not attend, due to the rumors. This only hurts the community and the vendors. Hopefully the security will be tight.