Florida sheriff begs people not to ‘shoot at Irma’ after bored guy claims storm will turn around
The Pasco County Sheriff is asking Floridians not to shoot at Hurricane Irma because it will not impact its damage path.
During a tweet Saturday evening, the sheriff explained “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017
The tweet linked to a story explaining that 22-year-old Ryon Edwards was bored and started a Facebook event encouraging Floridians to fire their weapons at the hurricane to get it to turn around. Thus far, 46,000 people have RSVP’d to the event.
“A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event,” he told the BBC in an interview. It was a fake event that many say was taken out of context.
An explosions of gunfire during a storm only increases the possibility of injuries or harm during a dangerous situation.