Hundreds Show Up For ”Storm Area 51" Event

Hundreds Show Up For ”Storm Area 51" Event

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September 20, 2019

Just a month ago, pundits were speculating that crowds numbering in the tens of thousands (at least) might descend upon the remote Area 51 military base in Nevada, overwhelming the local population and infrastructure. The day of the scheduled “raid” has arrived, and the those fears appear, by and large, to have been laid to rest. 

While millions of people had responded affirmatively to an internet post back in June calling for people to force their way into the military base in order to divulge its supposed alien-related secrets, the numbers willing to actually make the trek have been decidedly lower. The Guardian reports that, as of late Thursday, only about 1,500 had showed up at various festival sites in Lincoln county. Of those, it appears that only 75–150 actually made the trip all the way up to the gates of the facility itself, in the early hours of Friday morning.

Since the stunt first started gaining traction back earlier in the summer, the military has issued stern warnings that lethal force could be used if people entered the Nevada Test and Training Range, and local and state officials said arrests would be made if people tried.

“It’s public land,” a local sheriff said. “They’re allowed to go to the gate, as long as they don’t cross the boundary.”

It seems that only a couple of the attendee/protestors gave the authorities any trouble, and it is unclear if even they were actually arrested.

Authorities have thus far reported no serious incidents in Rachel and Hiko, the two towns closest to Area 51, along a route nicknamed “The Extraterrestrial Highway,” about a two hour drive from Las Vegas.

(Source: The Guardian)

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