A staggering ONE MILLION people have now joined a Facebook group encouraging people to descend on Area 51 to uncover any potential alien secrets. Area 51 has long been thought of by conspiracy theorists as a place where the US government is hiding intel on alien activity, and it all began when an apparent weather balloon crashed into the nearby town of Roswell in 1947. Many believed the weather balloon – the official stance by US authorities – was actually an extraterrestrial UFO, and the US government has been keeping alien secrets ever since.
Now however, the public is demanding answers and one million people and counting have signed up to a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”.
The sheer amount of people who have signed up to the event has caused the US army some concern, forcing them to issue a statement.
The base is heavily guarded, and is surrounded by signs which state ‘Use of Deadly Force is AUTHORIZED’.
Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews warned people to stay away in a strongly worded statement.
Ms Andrews said: “Area 51 is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
“The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.
According to a description of the Facebook group, attendees will meet nearby and storm the top secret base on September 20.
The description reads: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”
Naruto is a reference to a popular Japanese anime character
While the event is obviously tongue-in-cheek, having been created by a group called ‘Sh**posting cause im in shambles’, the US army is taking the event seriously.
Some attendees have also failed to get the joke, warning people that they will be killed.
One Facebook user commented: “Apparently none of ya’ll understand military weapons. Also what makes you think there isn’t a contingency plan for things like this already in place?
“I know this is a joke but if you do actually pull this stunt you are actually either going to be responsible at best for the largest mass incarceration in history and at worst the largest suicide run.”
Another added: “Can someone go Facebook live so when y’all end up in jail or shot, we can see why no one has ever tried this.”
Area 51 has been used by American aviation authorities since 1955 and is closed off to those without top-level security clearance.
However, the US Government did not even admit the base existed until 2013, in a series of documents released as part of a Freedom of Information request, and it is heavily protected by armed guards.