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In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma approaches Anguilla on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has roared into the Caribbean, its winds ripping off roofs and knocking out phones. It's on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly hitting Florida. (NOAA via AP)

A Florida sheriff warned residents: 'Do not shoot' at Hurricane Irma


A Florida sheriff issued a stern, but unusual warning ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall: Shooting bullets into the storm won't help keep you safe.

“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma,” the Pasco County, Florida sheriff tweeted. “You won't make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”

The warning was issued in response to a Facebook event inviting people to fire their weapons at Irma.

The page reads: "...LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST ..."

Although the event was presumably a joke, more than 26,000 people indicated they were "attending" the event.

One of the event organizers, Ryon Edwards, told the BBC he created it out of "stress and boredom."

"I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself," Edwards said. "It has become something a little out of my control."

Early Sunday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office asked everyone who had shared the Facebook to retweet their call for volunteers at hurricane shelters instead.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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