When the Home Secretary Theresa May raised the official terror threat level in Britain on Friday afternoon, in response to the growing British jihadi involvement in violence in Syria and Iraq, it caused consternation right across the country.
When our report of the news was posted online, the story went viral, with 2.3 million engaging with the Western Daily Press' Facebook page posting after it was shared around the world more than 150 times.
Scores of people across the West Country, Britain, Europe and in the United States gave their views on the matter, and while most of them expressed their concern over the Government's announcement and the threat from British-based jihadis in Iraq and Syria, many others remained defiant, humorous or scoffing at the very concept of issuing an Austin Powers-esque 'terror threat level' announcement in the first place.
Posters in America praised 'the Brits' for maintaining their sense of humour in the face of what appeared to be a serious situation: some readers were not taking it quite as seriously as others.
"I have thought about this issue deeply and shall now carry a large pack of extra safe condoms at all times," said Dale Newson.
Martin Tyrrell followed up with: "I may lock my garage…."
Russell How mocked the announcement: "I think I might be nearly scared now actually," he said. "Come to think of it, my neighbour has been very quiet since his party at the weekend and he put out far more recycling this week than last. I'm worried he might be planning an attack in the village square imminently…"
Others didn't seem phased by the threat level being raised at all.
"Dunno," said Adrian Paul Hart. "Still think Giroud's injury for Arsenal and my local Newport County AFC's poor form is more worrying to me."
Adam Bash went for the surreal: "Shouldn't the level be raised from 'SEVERE' to Rush's 'Moving Pictures'? Isn't that the highest state of awareness."
Even the Americans joined in. "Yay!" exclaimed Katelyn Sloan. "Can't wait to be strip-searched at Heathrow. I'll make sure to wear some nice lingerie."
But many were more cynical than mocking, questioning whether the Government was trying to distract people.
"Funny, it's on the same day as a Tory defected," said Martha Ogunremi. "Not trying to divert our attention are you Dave n Tez?"