Hartsville Police warn of risky social media trend


The Hartsville Police Department has issued a warning following several incidents related to a risky social media trend known as the “Splat Gun Challenge.” This challenge involves participants shooting unsuspecting strangers with water-soaked Orbeez pellets from airsoft guns while recording their reactions.

Police warn that this challenge can cause injuries and induce panic in victims, who may believe they are in real danger, potentially leading to hazardous responses.

Hartsville has already experienced multiple instances of this challenge, with several reports from pedestrians who were targeted. “Hartsville is a community that values safety and respect for all individuals,” said Chief Byron Snellgrove. “Engaging in the ‘Splat Gun Challenge’ on public property is not only irresponsible but also illegal. We cannot allow these dangerous activities to continue within our city, and those caught participating will face serious consequences.”

Offenders could face charges ranging from second-degree assault, a misdemeanor, to more severe charges if injuries or property damage occur. Additional charges could include breach of peace and malicious destruction of property, with potential civil liability consequences as well.

For more information or to report an incident, contact the Hartsville Police Department at (843) 383-3013.

Author: Stephan Drew

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