The much-hyped ‘Storm Area 51’ event sort of fizzled out by D-Day.
Facebook took down the viral event invite to “Storm Area 51” which had garnered more than 2 million likes. Out of those only 150 people showed up on Friday, Sept 20, outside the secret government facility’s gates nicknamed ‘Area 51’ to see the extraterrestrial evidence long rumored to be housed there. Two YouTubers were detained earlier for trespassing.
Matty Roberts created a Facebook event on July 27 and called it “Storm Area 51: They Can’t Stop All Of Us,” as a joke. He scheduled it for September 20 and just after three days, the event page took off attracting over 2 million Facebook RSVPs and another 1.2 million marked as “interested” in attending before Facebook administrators took it down.
Since then, associated events such as music festivals were organized in place of raiding the base and are run throughout this weekend. Ultimately 1,500 people flocked to neighboring towns to attend the festivals, according to the Associated Press. Out of this number, 150 people actually traveled within sight of the Area 51 gates and some 75, in fact, approached the gates Friday morning.
Reportedly, two individuals were detained by the local sheriff’s deputies. Details are unclear but it is alleged that a woman attempted to duck under the gates while a man was publicly urinating in the vicinity.
This guy has his Naruto Run locked down pic.twitter.com/EeImTWqHV0
— Kae Lani (@KaeLaniSays) September 20, 2019
Some of the enthusiastic alien hunters showed up at the gates as early as 3 a.m. and most left peacefully after ‘heated warnings’.
The conspiracy theories surrounding Area 51 and its purported uses are many. Even though rumors about the base have been circulating for decades, the CIA acknowledged its existence only in 2013 when a 1992 report was declassified. It revealed that the base was the testing ground for spy planes but it’s still mostly indistinct what the government uses the facility for.
University of Nevada sociologist Ken Borer in an interview with the local ABC affiliate, said, “People desire to be part of something, to be ahead of the curve. Area 51 is a place where normal, ordinary citizens can’t go. When you tell people they can’t do something, they just want to do it more”.
The U.S. military had issued warnings that lethal force would be used if necessary, to keep people from entering Area 51. Fortunately, the fears that thousands of people would “storm” Area 51 was unfounded.