Police issued a public warning regarding the latest dangerous TikTok challenge, the new trend, called the #OrbeezChallenge, wherein teenagers use a gel-ball gun or an airsoft gun to shoot Obreez - circular water gel beads, at friends or anyone.

Orbeez are soft to the touch, however, they can lead to injury and even break the skin when shot from a gun. Some teens have been caught freezing the water gel beads to increase the impact. Police officials in Florida and Georgia are warning their communities of the viral TikTok challenge.

The majority of the TikTok videos uploaded showed teenagers laughing and having shootouts with friends "I got a challenge for all those teenagers that don't have anything to do come over to my house and rake my yard I have plenty of leaves," one social media user joked on Facebook. Still, s lot of people also pointed to the possible dangers of the viral challenge.

Police in the southern states have been taking these shootings seriously; criminal charges await anyone caught firing these gel beads at other people. Several teens have already been arrested and charged in connection to Orbeez Challenge shootings.

The 18-year-old Kyle Cochran has been arrested for allegedly shooting a splatter gun at another driver in Collier County, Florida. According to the sheriff of Volusia County, another unidentified 19-year-old in the same county has been arrested and charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle, child abuse, and two counts of battery for firing at an Amazon driver and a 10-year-old child. The driver has been reported being hit in his glasses and neck and the child was also pelted in the neck and chest. Volusia County has also arrested at least four other teens in connection to these shootings.

Reports related to the viral challenge have also been reported in areas surrounding Philadelphia, Orlando, Atlanta, Phoenix, the Bay Area and more. "We continue to see teenagers … discharging splat ball guns (Orbeez) at other people … even at innocent bystanders. Now they are modifying the beads to be more painful," the Peachtree City Police in Georgia wrote on Facebook.

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