A:Residents celebrated the news by firing indiscriminately.
B: (humorously)They probably ran out of tape.
What does B mean by "They ran out of tape"???
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I don't know if they are speaking about video tapes! If so, what that has anything to do with firing people... as if he says "they found no video tapes and they can't record it. So they fired haphazardly"!!!
I agree with your interpretation, but I think you might be misinterpreting the word "indiscriminately". It's probably used here (perhaps loosely) to mean "firing into the air", ie. not at anything, but not into the crowd. This does seem to be a common method of celebration for people of some cultures.
I got a suggestion. Can you please tell me if I might be right.
May be they have no tape to record this good news of having no homicides. That' why they decided to kill people ?? I mean like "I don't have a tape to record my birthday party. SO I spoiled it by throwing cakes on the floor and stuff" ?? Could it be something like that? I mean he's mocking? Can the structure convey that in a way????