The US Air Force has issued a warning to the 860,000 people planning to 'storm Area 51' in Nevada, urging them not to trespass the top-secret desert military base to 'see them aliens'.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the globe have clicked 'attending' on a Facebook event called 'Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us', which is encouraging the masses to meet up at the mysterious US military site to find out what's going on there.
The Facebook event. Credit: Facebook
However, the American Air Force has said attempting to invade an 'open training range' is unsurprisingly a pretty bad idea.
"[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," US Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews said, according to The Independent.
While she didn't divuldge any specifics, McAndrews added ominously: "The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
The Facebook event is scheduled for Friday 20 September at 3am. Along with the 861,000 people who have said they will attend, a further 754,000 have said they're 'interested' - though it's safe to say they won't bother, much like most of those who have actually committed... After all, we all know how Facebook events work.
The event description reads: "We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we Naruto Run [an attack inspired by Japanese manga, in which people run with their arms outstretched backwards and heads forwards], we can move faster than their bullets. "Let's see them aliens."
Someone called Jackson Barnes has devised the group's master strategy. Credit: Facebook
But despite its seemingly global popularity, others have also warned against people trying to get into Area 51 - including Bob Lazar, an American physicist who claims to have worked with extra-terrestrial technology at a shadowy US military base known only as 'S-4'. Lazar took to Instagram to offer some friendly advice to the 'Storm Area 51' crowd, claiming that the last bloke who tried to trespass the area was shot dead.
He wrote: "I have to comment on this 'Storm Area 51' thing. I do understand it was started as a joke by someone, but there are a number of people who are actually planning on showing up. "This is a misguided idea. Area 51 is a classified research base. There are no aliens or alien technology located there."The only place there was ever any alien technology was at Site S4, south of Area 51 proper. That was 30 years ago."S4 may have moved decades ago or it's possible it's no longer being used for the project. I do not support this 'movement'.
"The last time someone tried to get in to Area 51 he was shot. This is not the way to go about trying to get more information."What is good, is the interest in the subject - the science and technology. That is what would immediately change the world we live in."
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