SPOKANE, Wash — People are downright desperate to get rid of the wildfire smoke in the Inland Northwest. So desperate in fact that they are willing to throw rocks at the smoke.
You read that correctly. A Facebook event called ‘Throw rocks at the smoke to make it go away 2020’ is set up for Wednesday night at 11 p.m.
The event description reads in part, “Throw your rocks North (towards Canada). Eventually Canada, containing all the smoke, will politely ask the smoke to leave, thus, solving the issue. Essentially, Americans bullying the smoke, mentally deteriorating it into its weakest point, Canadas part is to deliver the final blow and make the smoke leave for good.”
The discussions on the event page are equally hilarious.
One person wrote, “As a geologist I have a huge rock collection and as such lots of ammo.”
Another wrote, “I don’t know much about science but this seems like it might not work....I’ll bring a very BIG rock I don’t think small rocks will do it.”
“I live about 30 minutes south of the Canadian border!! Super excited to be on the frontlines for such a good cause,” another person wrote.
As of noon Tuesday, 3,600 people said they would participate.
The event also contains links to the American Red Cross and the California Fire Foundation to help people impacted by the fires.
This is also not the first time this event has been created. KREM wrote a similar story back in late August of 2018 after smoke from fires in Canada made Spokane’s air quality unhealthy.