“Storm Area 51, See The Aliens” started as a Facebook joke until the RSVP list grew to over 2 million people. The facebook event invited people to raid Area 51, a U.S Air Force facility situated within the Nevada Test and Training Range, searching for extraterrestrial life. More than 2 million people confirmed their attendance to the event, while an additional 1.5 million showed interest. The event was created by Matty Rovertos last June, but he asserted that the event was a hoax and disavowed responsibility for any casualties in case someone attempts to raid Area 51.
The event was scheduled to take place at 3 a.m starting September 20th-22nd, suggesting that if enough people stormed the military base to look for aliens, authorities will not be able to stop them all. On the day of the event, visitors hailed from France, Russia, Germany, Peru, Sweden, Australia, and many U.S states. Even though over 2 million showed interest in attending the event, only a few thousands took the trip to Nevada’s city of Rachel, where the military base is located.
“They Can’t Stop Us All”
The event captivated millions of alien-enthusiasts. According to Brock Daily, one of the organisers of the event, “we are trying to embrace the cultural statement made by the viral event. People believe in aliens and they obviously want to know what’s going on in there in Area 51. So I believe this is the safest option to display our unified curiosity.” Attending the event was campers and festival-goers. The event was extended over the weekend peaking at 3,000 people on Friday.
“It seems like a lot of good people chilling and having a good time,” observed Dave Wells, a 56-year-old stonemason and festivals-seeker from Cincinnati who attended the event.
Mixed responses to the event
The town of Rachel wrote on their website in response to the event, “A dubious group, known for chaotic events like Burning Man and the Las Vegas Electric Music Festival has taken over this event,” the website reads.
“The residents were not asked and are not on board and will certainly not allow their town to be taken over by a bunch of drunken kids. This has a high potential of getting ugly.” On the other hand, Connie West, owner of The Little A’le’Inn which is fully booked due to the event, says “It doesn’t stop; our phone won’t stop ringing.”
Officials have stated that more than 1,000 people gathered at the military base gates since Thursday. No one actually stormed Area 51 and no one was arrested. They left in peace, authorities reported, with no overnight incidents at the gates. According to emergency services ‘ chief Eric Holt, “there was one drug-related medical call before dawn.”