WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 07: In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bans any transactions between the parent company of TikTok, ByteDance, and U.S. citizens due to national security reasons. The president signed a separate executive order banning transactions with China-based tech company Tencent, which owns the app WeChat. Both orders are set to take effect in 45 days. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

New Brunswick has had a little bit of trouble revolving around pellet guns recently as yet another incident of pellet gun’s being fired on the street was reported this past weekend near Rutgers University not only is this situation dangerous it has caused incidents of people losing their life, thus why The Rutgers University Police Department made a statement regarding this issue. 

This isn’t the first incident within New Brunswick as several have been reported over the last few months, though for this specific one it happened around 1 pm when a male in a group walking near the intersection of Mine Street and Easton Avenue opened fire using the gel-based pellet gun hitting another civilian who walking along the street, before fleeing. 

The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) is investigating an incident of aggravated assault involving the discharge of...

Posted by Rutgers University Police Department - RUPD on Friday, July 29, 2022

Luckily the victim did not sustain physical injury and when asked by the first responder refused to get medical treatment, however, he was associated with Rutgers University according to the report was okay, though this is still a sad thing to see so close to home. According to police this incident is unlikely to be linked to the others reported since the first time in mid-March, however, it may still be a part of the TikTok trend titled ‘Orbeez Challenge’ which has seen young adults making videos of them shooting these gel toys at each other. Some have taken this as a sign to use the gel weapons while driving which is not only a risk to them but puts innocent civilians at risk. 

In all reality when used correctly these are just toys, but incidents like these cause problems for the local community to a point where it is no longer a game. Thus, why the New Brunswick Police Department asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, contact the NBPD’s Detective Bureau at 732-745-5200. Meanwhile, the TikTok hashtag has nearly half a million views with mixed reactions in the comments. Remember to stay safe and not follow potentially dangerous trends such as this one. 

TikTok Is The Most Popular Site On The Planet, Overtakes Google

TikTok has dethroned Google to become the world’s most visited website, new data has revealed.

Per The Independent, the viral video app ended the search engine’s dominance, which had seen it rank as the most popular domain for all of 2020 and the first part of 2021.

Google.com – which includes Docs, Calendar, Maps, Translate, Photos, Flights, News and more – was unable to compete with the budding social app, which now counts more than 1 billion active users around the world. TikTok.com also overtook Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix — all of which ranked above it last year.

One of the more obvious reasons for users flocking to TikTok this year has been the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced people to spend more time indoors and away from real-life social gatherings. These online browsing patterns continued even when lockdown restrictions came to an end, with “the summer of freedom” creating an opportunity for users to refresh and update their social media accounts.

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