The sheriff’s office from a Florida county had to warn residents to not shoot guns at Hurricane Irma after a Facebook event advocating shooting the storm went viral, Gateway Pundit reports.
Florida’s Pasco County police department wrote on Twitter Sunday: “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”
The announcement came following a Facebook event titled “Shoot At Hurricane Irma,” which was created by two Florida residents, garnered over 53,000 interested individuals by Saturday evening and 25,000 people said they were participating.
“It was to lighten the mood,” said Ryon Edwards, one of the authors of the event.
“The response is a complete and total surprise to me. I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control,” he added.
But deputies are not taking any chances. They warned that shooting at a hurricane could have devastating effects.