PASCO COUNTY — Near the top of the list of things that shouldn’t have to be explained is not to shoot firearms at a hurricane. Nonetheless, the Sheriff’s Office of Pasco County has found itself in the mind-boggling position of having to warn residents against just that.
A pair of geniuses named Ryon Edwards and Zeke Murphy created a Facebook event entitled “Shoot At Hurricane Irma” and—by Saturday night—had 53,000 people listed as interested in the event with 25,000 confirming that they would take part.
With event details listed as, “YO SO THIS GOOFY LOOKING WINDY HEADASS NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST,” it’s hard to imagine how people wouldn’t want to sign up.
It seems possible that the event posting was just a joke; Edwards even stated that he created it out of “stress and boredom.” That didn’t stop Floridians from taking it seriously enough that the Sheriff’s Office felt the need to step in.
“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma,” the Sheriff’s office tweeted in response Saturday night. “You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.” As tweets about Irma from Sheriff’s departments go, at least it’s better than driving misdemeanor offenders away from shelters.
Edwards, 22, elaborated further on his successful Facebook event.
“The response is a complete and total surprise to me,” he relayed. “I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control.”
Other Facebook users have followed in the footsteps of Edwards and Murphy by posting such strange events as “Destroy Hurricane Irma By Cooling The Atlantic With Ice Cubes” and “Spinning your arms really fast to push away Hurricane Irma.”
Irma, at one point a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall in Florida on Sunday and weakened to a Category 2 throughout the day.
The downgrading was a welcome occurrence, and probably not owing to bullets, ice cubes or spinning arms, but news stories in the coming days should be able tell whether any of the above was actually attempted.