'Do NOT shoot' at Irma, Florida sheriff warns

Husky on facebook

Husky on facebook

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.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office tweeted late Saturday: "DO NOT shoot weapons (hashtag) Irma".

"It was cool to see the response this got from facebook", Edwards wrote in an update Sunday morning.

The details of the invent said, "LET'S SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST".

One of the organizers of the event, Ryon Edwards, of DeLand, said he couldn't believe some people actually thought the event was serious. "The response is a complete and total surprise to me", the 22-year-old told BBC Newsbeat.

"You won't make it turn around & it will have very risky side effects" the message added, in reference to the unpredictable flight path shots fired may follow.

"I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of insane idea larger than myself".

More than six million people have been evacuated from Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma, with the storm leaving more than 1.5 million homes and business in the state without power.

"Join me in this fight as we shoot flames at Hurricane Irma and dissipate her on the spot".

This came to the notice of Florida police, prompting the officials to set off a warning notice stating not to shoot at the hurricane.

It's a great joke, even if "stand your ground" is no longer legal dogma in Florida, but when more than 54,000 signed up to attend the statewide shootout, local law enforcement literally had to remind Florida residents to please, for the love of God, don't discharge your firearms in the direction of Hurricane Irma.

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