- The Washington Times
Monday, September 11, 2017

The sheriff in Pasco County, Florida warned residents about the dangers of shooting guns into Hurricane Irma after a Facebook event advocating such picked up steam over the weekend.

More than 50,000 people expressed an interest in the satirical Facebook event “Shoot at Hurricane Irma” as the powerful storm started to cross the Florida Keys, USA Today reported.

“Let’s show Irma that we shoot first,” the description read.

But the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office chimed in to says that’s probably not a smart idea.

“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma,” the sheriff’s office tweeted late Saturday. “You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said he was trying to reach residents who may not have the common sense to refrain from shooting at the storm.

“Over 99 percent of the people out there have common sense and are listening, but we in law enforcement deal with the 1 percent, so we are trying to get the message to them,” he told USA Today.

One of the organizers of the event, Ryon Edwards, of DeLand, said he couldn’t believe some people actually thought the event was serious.

“Well guys, it’s here,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “The moment we’ve been waiting for. It was cool to see the response this got from facebook. On another note, I’ve learned that about 50% of the world could not understand sarcasm to save their lives. Carry on.”

The curfew in Pasco County, just north of Tampa, was lifted Monday.

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