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Shooting at #HurricaneIrma Not Encouraged

A Facebook post encouraging people to fire their guns at Hurricane Irma drew so much interest, a sheriff took to social media to plead with citizens not to shoot at Hurricane Irma.

The event was called “Shoot at Hurricane Irma,” Sunday, September 10 at 10 a.m. ET. The description read, “Yo, so this goofy-looking windy heada** named Irma said they pulling up on us. Let’s show Irma that we shoot first.”

While there was no location specified, 55,000 people said they were interested and 25,000 people said they would participate on Saturday evening.

In Florida, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office took to Twitter to caution people that shooting weapons at the hurricane is a bad idea, writing, “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”

The event was set up by 22-year-old Ryon Edwards, who told the BBC, “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.”

It is unclear if anyone has since tried to shoot at the hurricane.

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