The "Orbeez Challenge" is a new trend from the popular video-sharing app, TikTok. Participants are known to shoot water gel pellets from a toy gun at cars, people as well as property.
This is what Lt. Michael Powell had to say in an interview with nbcboston.com: "They are toys. However, they can be used in a very dangerous way. Some of these toy guns actually look real and that obviously raises some challenges with police officers that are responding to some of these incidents.”
The article reports that a moving car in Malden, Massachusetts was hit by the water beads, however, the occupants were unharmed. The Malden police released a statement saying firing these beads can lead to criminal charges, as serious as a felony.
In a different article, nbcboston.com reports that three people hit by a pellet gun in Concord, Massachusetts could also be the victims of the TikTok Challenge.
Here is an excerpt from that article: "Police Chief Joseph O'Connor said the Concord Police Department received a third report Saturday from a woman who was struck by a pellet around 3:10 p.m. Friday. The woman told police she was at Emerson Field when three teens in a newer, dark-colored SUV drove toward her as she was putting a baby in her vehicle. As the SUV drove past, the woman says she was struck with what was believed to be a pellet that caused her pain and redness, police said. The baby was not struck or injured in the incident."
Parents are been asked by the authorities to have conversations with their kids regarding the dangers of this challenge.