“Storm Area 51” Facebook event has 1.4 million people willing to attend, and the US Air Force is not okay with where this is headed.
Storm Area 51
Area 51 is a restricted military base 8- miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. It has long been the subject of conspiracy theories. People think this is where the US government keeps information on aliens and UFOs. Theories about the base started in 1989 when Bob Lazar claimed he was a physicist working in Area 51. Lazar said he had taken apart a UFO and read government documents about aliens.
He did not have any evidence for his story, but a Netflix documentary on his claims added fuel to the fire. A number of movies like Paul and Independence Day, as well as TV show The X-Files and the video game Area 51 have focused on this popular theory.
Leaked footage from Area 51 after the aliens heard about us coming to get them pic.twitter.com/UWwKgZZhIk
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“Let’s see them aliens”
A Facebook page by the name of “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” recently cropped up. It proposes storming the area on Friday, 20 September at 3PM. The details of the event read, “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”
There is even a website to back up the event.
At the time of writing, 1.4 million people signed up as “Going” to the event, and another 1.1 million were “Interested”. Additionally, Nevada’s Little A’Le’Inn hotel is fully booked on September 20.
The website for Storm Area 51 is even selling merch for the event. The TShirts are $20 with taglines such as “I saw them aliens.”
The company has apparently received a lot of orders for them as well. The website reads, “Due to the amount of orders we’ve received- please allow us an extra business day to process your order.”
“Just thought it would be funny”
However, Jackson Barnes wrote on the Facebook page, “Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan.”
He added, “I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the Internet. I’m not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51.”
“Discourage anyone from trying to come in”
The US government does not find this joke that funny. A spokesperson for the Air Force said, “[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”
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“Storm Area 51” Facebook event is sure to go down in history regardless of whether it ends up happening.