Chief Marvin Riggins reached out to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office to help investigate the "Rookie Prank" that went viral on YouTube.
The video shows a hoax shooting, but both the Chief Riggins and Sheriff Jerry Modena confirm the gun used was fake.
"I am told the weapon was not a firearm. The sounds were that of a firecracker," says Chief Riggins.
That sound sparked an investigation surrounding five senior firefighters, and two rookies. Early investigation by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office points the finger at a prank gone too far.
"We're not talking about a criminal intent to violate Georgia law," says Sheriff Modena.
There were two violations that day. One is a city policy that prohibits employees from working on personal projects while on duty. The second is a department violation that states there is a "zero tolerance policy for hazing and horseplay."
"This is not the type of behavior that I, nor does the community that we serve expect," says Chief Riggins.
County officials are not happy about this situation. Commissioner Joe Allen says since the prank, there's been a break in communication.
"No board member knew about it until the late afternoon."
Allen believes someone must be held accountable.
"You've got to have some severe measures taken against these individuals."
Termination is not out of the question. When asked, Chief Riggins said some people may lose their job.
"That is a possiblity, and it's not outside of the realms of where we would go with this."
The investigation is still ongoing. Chief Riggins anticipates it will wrap up sometime tomorrow.