Hurricane Irma is climbing over the Keys and headed up the west coast of the Sunshine State’s peninsula. Many people have evacuated. Others have not. And some of those who have chosen to stay behind have different strategies for fighting the storm. One sheriff, though, is urging residents to avoid literally fight the storm.
Shooting Hurricane Irma won’t weaken the storm. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office wants residents to know that fast-moving lead “will have very dangerous side effects.”
A Facebook post urging people to shoot at the storm had more than 53,000 people showing interest. The event is called “Shoot At Hurricane Irma.”
22-year-old Ryon Edwards set up the event. “YO SO THIS GOOFY LOOKING WINDY HEADASS NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST.”
What goes up must come down. That’s the obvious fear. Bullets fired into the air don’t come back to earth at the speed with which they were fired, but the falling projectiles do come back fast enough to kill.
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017
The Sheriff’s office tweeted on Saturday evening: “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”
So was this actually Edwards’ plan? He 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.”
Edwards claimed he was bored before the onset of Irma. Others are bored, too, it seems. Some have suggested
“Several other events quickly appeared on Facebook,” The Independent notes “to combat the storm, including scaring it with flamethrowers, ‘Spinning your arms really fast to push away Hurricane Irma” and “Destroy Hurricane Irma By Cooling The Atlantic With Ice Cubes.'”
The ice cubes won’t work, either, but it may be safer for those around you. Still, stepping into the storm surge with a few bits of ice isn’t going to be good for your health.