Florida sheriff warns residents to not shoot at Irma

Florida is bracing for Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms in history. Like other authorities in the area, Pasco Sheriff’s Office over the past several days has been posting regular Twitter updates regarding safety measures.

One unusual warning has caught the attention of quite a few people.

“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons at Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects,” reads the tweet by the sheriff’s office.

It was posted after someone created a Facebook event, “Shoot At Hurricane Irma,” noting, “Yo so this goofy looking…Irma said they pulling up on us…Let’s show Irma that we shoot first.”

Apparently many liked the idea as over 50,000 expressed their interest in it.

Ryon Edwards, who created the event, spoke with the BBC.

“A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event,” Edwards told the media outlet. “I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control.”

Most people seemed to realize it was a joke but the sheriff’s office said considering the number of individuals that expressed interest in the idea, “it was worth the clarification.”

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