Some people are taking ‘Storm Area 51’ seriously.

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Nevada’s Area 51 Air Force facility located within the Nevada Test and Training Range has led to many conspiracy theories over the years about it being a base for the cover of housing top secret government experiments, and many more. This notion is mainly supported by frequently documented UFO sightings. 

Now, you may be wondering: Has anyone attempted to enter the Air Force facility? A man was shot dead at Area 51 back in January 28th, 2019 after attempting to enter the top-secret military base. However, this incident isn’t stopping over 2 million people who signed the viral petition that started this worldwide mission in June 27th, 2019 that was posted on Facebook by American MattyRoberts. These fanatics have claimed that they will participate in the September 20th raid of Area 51 with an infallible strategy. 

The plan, according to the website, is: “We will all meet up at Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.” The internet is now flooded with memes and plans on how people are planning on ‘stealing’ an alien. 

While the original purpose of this event may have been for people to get a couple of laughs, some people have been taking the event seriously. Hotels close to Area 51, like The Little A’Le’Inn, have received a high number of reservations for that date. In response, Laura McAndrews, Air Force spokeswoman said, “Area 51 is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

Coming up to less than a month until the planned raid, in place of the joke raid, Matty Roberts has organized an Alienstock Festival the same weekend of the raid, “We’re aiming to establish something unique here, a meeting place for all the believers. Come out to the desert to dive into a world full of live music, arts, and camping under the stars.” 

This event caught the attention of the FBI. “So, the FBI showed up at 10 A.M. and contacted my mom,” MattyRoberts said. “I was kind of scared at this point, but they were super cool and wanted to make sure that I wasn’t an actual terrorist making pipe bombs in the living room.”

However, that isn’t the only thing that happened that week. The event with almost 2 million RSVP’s was deleted by Facebook. “I go check and it was completely deleted and there was no reason why and I put in a bunch of support tickets in. I was kind of scared, because I am trying to advocate people to go to safer options and then I lost the platform to do that.” He then proceeded to create a new event twice, but both were deleted as well. This raised alarm on those who signed up for the event, and some think that maybe, the FBI asked Facebook to take it down, but Facebook then released this statement saying, “This was a mistake and the event page is now available again.” 

Maybe some alien-enthusiasts will actually show up and attempt to raid the base, and the Air Force is definitely on the lookout for that as well as everyone with access to the internet for this surely legendary event in modern history. But for now, we’re going to have to wait and see. 

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