“LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST [sic],” the event description read. Around 56,000 people showed interest in the event planned for Sunday morning. While one of the event creators wrote it off as “sarcasm,” the number of people jumping on the bandwagon was enough to alarm the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Doc Thompson and Kal Elsebai looked at the odd story on Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter. “You won't make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”
“You have to tweet this, seriously?” Doc asked.
“Unfortunately, yes, you do,” Kal said. “Do I need to remind you the headlines come from Florida?”
According to its creators, the event about showing “goofy” Hurricane Irma who’s boss was essentially a joke that got out of hand. Ryon Edwards, one of the event’s hosts, told TIME, “I am amazed that anyone could see it as anything else than a joke.”
“With this story, have we finally reached peak Florida man?” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) jokingly queried on Twitter with a link to an article about the event.