Alien spotters descend on Nevada for Area 51 ‘raid’

Clay Curtis
September 20, 2019

Area 51 memes have been circulating the internet for a while now since the event to storm Area 51 was created.

The Facebook event has been canned and an arrest warning issued, but it hasn't stopped dozens of people flocking to the American desert to "see them aliens".

A group of about 75 people gathered near the site after an internet hoax posted in June invited people to "storm" the once-secret military installation.

Many live streams have appeared on YouTube today, claiming to show masses of people ready to storm the US Air Force base in Nevada.

Creators have shown up in the Nevada desert, and people are clicking by the hundreds of thousands.

An Associated Press photographer saw both escorted away by deputies. The Lincoln County Sheriff's office did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

His muse was the thumping beat from a satellite setup that pumped a techno beat into the chilly desert night Thursday.

A few of these wagers include how many will attend the AlienStock event in Rachel, Nev., the number of arrests, and asks if President Trump will be tweeting about the event. Events are scheduled until Sunday.

While the viral "Storm Area 51" event page started as a joke, what began as a quickly-created Facebook page has now caused concern with some residents as they are said to be "preparing for the worst" when it comes to the September 20 event. The event that started out as a joke got so much attention that people started discussing how they would get there, where they would meet up and how they would escape.

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He called it "a contagion, but in a good way".

As of early Friday, a number of hundred campsites had been arrange by guests outdoors the Little A'Le'Inn, an alien-themed motel and restaurant that's Rachel's exclusively enterprise.

Maybe it's over those hills, laughed Satterwhite, a 45-year-old automation engineer. The MrTop5 channel (3.1 million subscribers) played Fortnite in a video called "I Pretended To Be An Alien in Fortnite (Area 51)" and got almost 200,000 people to watch in less than a day.

After hearing that the Federal Aviation Administration closed airspace in the area, Satterwhite said he'd keep his remote-controlled drone aircraft on the ground.

Arnu said the military added razor wire to barbed cattle fencing on the Area 51 boundary near his home, installed more cameras and battery-powered lighting, and erected an imposing spike barrier just inside a gate.

Michael Creber was waving traffic ahead on a driveway from Nevada's Extraterrestrial Highway in front of the Little A'Le'Inn motel and cafe in tiny Rachel. The US Air Force says that the people planning to storm the place should take this incident as a warning.

Roberts sent Connie West, the owner of Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel and event co-partner, a cease-and-desist letter to cancel her extraterrestrial event plans, according to ABC Las Vegas affiliate KTNV.

Scores of UFO enthusiasts converged on rural Nevada on Thursday for a pilgrimage of sorts to the US installation known as Area 51, long rumored to house government secrets about alien life, as law enforcement officials beefed up security around the military base. "But I'm not holding my breath".

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