Storming Area 51 sparks interest, jokes among million social media users

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2019

It appears the person behind the page is surprised by - and anxious about - the amount of interest generated as 313,000 Facebook users as of Thursday afternoon are listed as "going" on September 20.

The ironic Facebook event, dubbed "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us", has almost 365,000 confirmed attendees, and some 384,000 interested in the mission.

The group plans to "Naruto Run" into the restricted government area so that they "move faster than their bullets". "Let's see them, aliens". The US government first acknowledged the base in 2013.

Some social media users expressed concern over the timing of the event.

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The Area 51 Alien Center is a truck stop on Interstate 95, about an hour's drive from the Nevada Test and Training Range - which contains Area 51. I just thought it would be amusing and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet.

"I'm not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51". After all, Area 51 is fiercely guarded by an army of so-called "camo-dudes" whose sole goal in life seems to be to keep trespassers out of the top-secret military base. According to the organizers of the event, the main objective will be to take over the base to free the aliens being held captive there.

Although signs around the base state that the guards are prepared to use deadly force against trespassers, those who will illegally enter or approach the area will most likely be slapped with a hefty fine. The truck was stopped by men in "military garb", and everyone in the vehicle was threatened with a misdemeanor conviction and $650 fine.

Of course, those who say they will participate in the September raid know their mission won't be easy. In one comment detailing an elaborate "game plan", the event's poster concludes by addressing the "government" directly.

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