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Actual Fla. Sheriff's Tweet: Do Not Shoot the Hurricane

Your bullets won't make Irma go away, geniuses
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2017 8:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you're worried about the people in the path of Hurricane Irma, perhaps you should also worry about the segment of them that thinks shooting at the storm will make it go away. As the AP reports, the following is an actual tweet from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office: "DO NOT shoot weapons @ (hashtag) Irma. You won't make it turn around (and) it will have very dangerous side effects." The sheriff's office, which is in the Tampa Bay area, was responding to a Facebook event page created by two Florida men inviting people to shoot at Irma. The page reads: "YO SO THIS GOOFY ... LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST ..." The invitation presumably was a joke, but 80,000 people indicated they were "going" or "interested" in the event. In another tweet, the Sheriff's Office also had another suggestion for the thousands who shared the page. Irma hit Key West early Sunday. (Read more Florida stories.)

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