In September last year, countless Facebook events sprang up reportedly made by 'patriots' who wanted to shoot their guns at Hurricane Irma to scare it away.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The whole thing blew so far out of proportion, with 26,000 people clicking 'attend', and 45,000 clicking 'interested', that the Pasco County Sheriff's Office took to Twitter, urging people not to go out and shoot the storm:
To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma
You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects
To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won't make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects
And your umbrella-guns, and your beer, and your beer-guns, and your tiny umbrellas to keep your beer dry, and join people from all along the East Coast in scaring away Hurricane Florence to protect our country from this foreign invader!
Note: do not actually discharge firearms into the air.
You could kill someone and you cannot frighten a hurricane. I cant believe I actually have to write this.
It waits to be seen whether the sheriff's department will have to intervene again, or whether anyone actually turns up.