NEARLY half a million people are planning to storm the Area 51 mystery base to see the US government are hiding aliens.
The extra-terrestrial enthusiasts will gather forces in Amargosa Valley, Nevada and do their best to slip past guards and go exploring.
A Facebook event, dubbed “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” has nearly 365,000 confirmed attendees, and some 384,000 interested in the mission.
It reads: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry.
STORM AREA 51
“If we Naruto run” — referring to the widely memed manga character — “we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”
The meme-inspired event feed has been flooded with hare-brained schemes to break into the heavily guarded government facility, which includes rock throwing and non-stop nagging “can I speak to your manager”.
The call to action is, of course, a joke (hopefully), since Area 51 is infamously secured by barbed fences, radar and heavily armed military personnel.
The 5,000-square-mile desert site has been in operation for more than 60 years and officially fronted as part of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR).
The NTTR is affiliated with the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas Valley, though only recently did the government intelligence recognize Area 51’s existence.
What really goes down on the grounds has yet to be revealed to the public — though many have attempted to uncover its presumed secrets.
Though Area 51 was established in 1955, the mystery began somewhere in the 1980s, when a man claimed to have been employed there and saw scientists engineer an alien aircraft.
Some theorists believe this may have been designed on a UFO that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in the late ’40s.
The so-called alien saucer turned out to be an advanced weather balloon, and the man’s story was later found to be fabricated.
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Despite the debunking, the legend has persisted through more tales of highly classified air tests using experimental technology and has firmly established itself as a bona fide conspiracy theory that has captivated stargazers for decades.
If the “Storm Area 51” caravan goes through with the stunt, they’ll be met by gun-toting guards who have been cleared to stop any intruders at any cost — per the site’s strongly worded signage: “Use of deadly force authorized.”
- A version of this article was originally published on the New York Post.
What is Area 51? The top secret US air base steeped in extra-terrestrial intrigue
AREA 51 is a highly classified US air base in the remote Nevada desert.
It is officially known as Homey Airport, but gained its now famous name from CIA documents that referred to it by the codename Area 51.
The exact purpose of the air base is not known publicly, and the area is heavily restricted.
Trespassers can face huge fines and lengthy prison sentences for setting foot in the zone.
Purchased by the US government in 1955, evidence suggests the site is used as a testing area for experimental aircraft and weapons.
But the secrecy surrounding it has led conspiracy theorists to suggest the area is holding extra-terrestrial secrets.
Theories suggest engineers examine crashed spacecrafts — and even hold meetings with aliens from across the galaxy.
The crash of a weather balloon at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 sparked wild theories of an alien ship crash.
Some have suggested Area 51 is still storing parts of the crashed ship — or even its alien inhabitants.
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