Amid a devastating category 3 hurricane in Florida, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office felt comp to warn residents not to shoot at the storm after a Facebook event, “Shoot At Hurricane Irma” garnered 80,000 replies of interest.
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017
“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects,” warned the sheriff’s office located just north of Tampa along Florida’s west coast.
The page which created the event, presumably as a joke, wrote: “YO SO THIS GOOFY … LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST …”
In a tweet early Sunday, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office asked the thousands of people who had shared the page to also share their request for volunteers needed at hurricane shelters.
BBC news reported that Ryon Edwards, 22, launched the virtual “event” in response to a “combination of stress and boredom” he felt prior to the storm’s arrival and that he “never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger” than himself.