Don't shoot at Hurricane Irma: Florida police warns after Facebook event goes viral

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 11, 2017, 2:18 pm IST
Updated Sep 11, 2017, 2:18 pm IST
Check out the reactions it received on social media.
In this geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at 22:00 UTC, the eye of Hurricane Irma moves up Florida's west coast. (Photo: AP)
 In this geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at 22:00 UTC, the eye of Hurricane Irma moves up Florida's west coast. (Photo: AP)

As thousands of Americans evacuated before hurricane Irma made its way in Florida, some made plans to shoot at it.

Close to 55,000 people were interested in "attending" the 'Shoot At Hurricane Irma' event on Facebook.

 

Given the large numbers interested in participating, Florida police were prompted to issue a warning that clearly stated: "DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won't make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects."

The creator of the event said it was created for fun. "A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event," explained Ryon Edwards, event creator, told BBC Newsbeat.

The event and police warning both received mixed reactions on social media. Some found the event extremely bizarre in times of crisis. Others couldn't believe cops had to warn people over such a scenario.

Take a look at some of the reactions here:

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