Film Crews Tend To Stage Gun Battles Early In The Morning Without Telling The Neighbors
Once upon a time, there was a show called 24, which was about Kiefer Sutherland scowling and shooting an automatic pistol at something offscreen, I think. Look, I only watch the Food Network, so if a show doesn't have Guy Fieri in it, I don't give a s**t, and if you loan me a s**t, I'm gonna feed it to Guy Fieri slathered in cheese. But back to the matter at hand: 24 was an action show, and that means the producers had to stage fake gun battles in public, as it's expensive to build an entire replica city in which to do that kind of thing. The real people living in these real cities surely don't mind, as long as they know they're seeing delightful Hollywood magic and not actual horrific slaughter.
Well, during a shoot in Hertfordshire, England in 2014, someone on the set of 24 forgot to inform the neighbors of what was up. So when they filmed a gunfight and a car chase that ended in a crash in the wee hours of the morning, at least 20 people called the UK version of 911 after having been awakened by what they presumably thought was a coordinated ISIS rampage.
I mean, this isn't like walking past the set of Stranger Things and thinking the Demogorgon is real. ("It looks like a tennis ball on a stick!") This an era in which mass shootings make the news every few minutes. The sound of multiple machine guns firing at 2 a.m. is the kind of thing that would make you s**t yourself, unless you were secretly hoping for the sweet release of death.