Breaking news: The Area 51 raid has officially begun.
Alien enthusiasts all across the world have been excitedly plotting to break into the secretive compound for the last couple of months after a Facebook page dedicated to the raid was set up. And, like most viral sensations, things got way out of hand, with over 2 million people pledging to raid the military facility.
And today is the day.
Keep scrolling to see the first photos from the raid, which is happening right this very moment...
Area 51 has had a lot more attention than usual this year.
via: ShutterstockArea 51 has, for years now, been an alien-enthusiast hot spot. And what exactly goes on inside the compound has lead to decades of wild speculation from UFO fans all across the world.
But what exactly is Area 51?
via: ShutterstockArea 51 is a United States Air Force facility which is a classified and remote detachment of the Edwards Air Force base, located at Groom Lake in the south of the Nevada desert.
It is a notoriously classified compound.Like any top-secret military facility, few people are allowed to enter the premises, which spurred more suspicion over what goes in within the compound. The borders of Area 51 are not fenced but are marked with orange poles and warning signs which state that security is authorized to use deadly force on people who insist on trespassing. Yikes.
And, as a result, many rumors about the compound's activities have been circulated.
via: ShutterstockThough its only confirmed use is flight-testing, there have been many other speculated happenings within the facility. While it was used by the Army Air Corps as an ariel gunnery range during World War II, there were many reported sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) around the area.
Though the military, of course, attempted to put these rumors to bed.
via: ShutterstockThese mysterious sightings were typically spotted by commercial airline pilots who, back in the 1950s, would only fly at altitudes of around twenty thousand feet. The military claimed that the UFOs spotted by these pilots were actually the U-2 spy jets being tested, which would fly at much higher altitudes than the commercial airplanes.
People remained suspicious, however.Because we've never really trusted our government, have we? The speculations continued, with some people making outlandish claims that the facility was building and repairing crashed alien spacecraft rather than military planes.
And some people have even claimed to have been inside the facility.
via: GettyScientist and American businessman, Bob Lazar, who released the documentary, Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers, in 2018, is credited to be the main whistleblower on the whole Area 51 operation. Lazar briefly worked on the compound and claims to have seen aliens and to have helped to reverse-engineer alien spacecraft during his time on the base.
Though, of course, the government swiftly put his allegations to bed.
via: ShutterstockThe government quickly claimed that Lazar is simply a hoaxer and scam artist who never actually worked anywhere near Area 51. Though, obviously, such a confidential area doesn't have any records, so it’s impossible to prove anything either way.
But now, more people are attempting to access the facility than ever before.
via: ShutterstockArea 51 has become somewhat of a tourist hot spot, with thousands of keen alien-hunters traveling across the country (and sometimes the world) to catch a glimpse of the secluded compound.
And one group has taken things to a whole new level...Clearly bored of discussing alien conspiracy theories over the internet in their basements, a group of extraterrestrial enthusiasts formulated an actual, real-life plan to find out the truth once and for all.
The plan was to break into Area 51.Though storming a top-secret government facility, which may or may not be riddled with aliens, is probably a lot easier said than done.
It started with a Facebook group.
via: FacebookThe Facebook group, which was titled, "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us," planned on breaking into the secluded compound in the early hours of September 20th this year.
And, believe it or not, millions of people signed up.1.5 million people put that they were "interested" on the event's page, while over 2 million people vowed to actually attend the movement for alien liberation.
Their inter-planetary war was rigorously organized.
via: ShutterstockThe ringleader of the group, Matty Roberts, stated in the description: "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." For those who don't know, "Naruto running" is a meme inspired by an anime character called Naruto Uzumaki, who has a distinctive running style.
The break-in was carefully plotted out...Because gaining access to one of the most secretive facilities in the world ain't no walk in the park. The last time that someone tried to speed past the site, he was shot. In January, a man carrying an unidentified cylindrical object was shot by the local sheriff’s office after attempting to drive into the site. Though, hopefully, their "Naruto running" would solve the problem of flying bullets.
A strict plan of action was drawn out...
via: FacebookLiterally. The group's creator, and overall master strategist, Jackson Barnes, outlined his plan of action and, let's just say, there was plenty of "pebble throwing," "dry wall kicking," and "Naruto running" involved.
The warriors were split into 3 groups.There were rock throwers, Naruto runners and "Kyles" (a team of buff, slightly emo teenagers who frequently kick in drywall). As for the other couple of million people? Well, I'm sure that they'd enjoy watching the festivities unfold from the sidelines.
The other members were quick to share their military expertise.One member wrote: "Get the aliens on your side and you might have a chance with some “inside support" like sabotaging the guns," while another commented, "We use the rock throwers and naruto runners to distract them and the rest of us go underground."
And some people online are taking it all very seriously.
Storming #Area51 would be irresponsible, illegal and potentially dangerous. Besides, once a secret base is routinel… https://t.co/g3h1gmaiF3— Nick Pope (@Nick Pope)1562796111.0
Most people found the funny side, however.
This is getting so ridiculous and I love it. 😂😂😂 #StormArea51 #Area51 #Aliens 👽 https://t.co/1UzZMl3Z6l— Traumahawk (@Traumahawk)1562587012.0
The creator of the group initially set up the page as a joke.
via: FacebookHa! At the end of his post in the Facebook group, Jackson wrote: "P.S. Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet. I'm not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51."
However, people have taken this plan seriously...This is not a joke to some, as news is spreading that some people are actually planning on going ahead with the alien hunt!
Over 2,000,000 people signed up for the group titled "Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us."I mean, if I was planning on going ahead with such an outrageous plan, I would at least try to keep the whole thing a secret just in case the government or the army found out, wouldn't you?
Because that's exactly what happened. The army found out.Laura McAndrews, Air Force spokesperson, has released a warning to all of those involved in the plan. "[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," she warned.
She also added this:"The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets." I honestly don't understand how people think that they could actually get away with something like this. It was all good and well when it was a joke, but, obviously, there are some people that just have to take it further.
Nobody knows what's going to happen...Let's see how these "alien enthusiasts" get past the motion-sensor cameras, let alone the U.S. military, who are constantly patrolling the area.
But now, the raid has begun.
The AREA 51 raid is actually happening right now https://t.co/Nqd14GWmhC— Rob N Roll (@Rob N Roll)1568984654.0