MARATHON, Fla. - Pirates were once a common sight in The Florida Keys. On Monday night, a man dressed like a plunderer from the past caused quite a commotion.
Deputies responding to a “shots fired” call on the old Seven Mile Bridge and arrested a man in a "full pirate costume, complete with operational black powder pistols in holsters on each hip, a sword and two knives."
At 8:20 p.m., a dispatcher received a call saying there was a pirate firing a gun on the bridge.
When a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrived, he found Jamie Don Spering, 58, who said he is an entertainer.
Spering told the deputy that he was on the bridge with friends for sunset and admitted shooting both of his black powder pistols.
He said there was no projectile loaded in the pistols, just the powder, and he shot the guns safely toward the water.
However, witnesses said Spering fired one shot toward the water and another toward cars that were traveling on the bridge.
Spering was taken into custody, charged with disorderly conduct and booked into jail.
Besides moonlighting as a pirate, the sheriff's office lists Spering's occupation as truck driver.