Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Animal shelter encourages Area 51 fans to "storm our shelter"

Area 51 Facebook Event Creator 'Storm Area 51' creator says its gotten so big he's worried about the FBI
Patty Aguilar | 21 July, 2019, 22:41

Now, more than 1.8 million have signed up for the September 20 event, which jokingly encourages participants to storm Area 51, long believed by conspiracy theorists to be a holding site for extraterrestrial life.

A spokesperson told the Washington Post that "we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces", and that attempting to cross into such an area is illegal and risky.

"It was completely satire.

I think a lot of people are going to show up because it's kind of a meme", said Roberts.

If all goes according to plan those who turn up will run ninja-style into the facility, which has no fences around it, looking for signs of alien life being hidden by the United States government. "I've had a couple of people [direct message] the page and they're like, 'I'm willing to die for the government, lets do this!'" Thousands have commented on the page, which reads: "We will "Naruto run" with our arms stretched behind us like Naruto Uzumaki in the Japanese anime series "Naruto". By day three, it had over a million people interested in finding out what mysteries lie inside the base.

"So I have to see what the information is, but if it's something I could declassify, I would love to do that", Yang told CBS News.

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But as soon as it reached a certain point, Roberts was spooked.

"It's sad because they are going to pull resources and people, the sheriff's department and highway patrol that need to be in places", said Linda Looney at the nearby Alien Research Center. "I'm not responsible if people decide to actually storm area 51". Instead of heading to Nevada and the real site of Area 51 (which could be risky and get you into some serious trouble), why not head to the animal shelter where furry friends waiting for their forever homes are already decked out in tinfoil hats. "People want to know", Roberts said.

Before coming out to KLAS, Roberts communicated with NPR via Facebook messenger under the pseudonym Val. At the time, he wouldn't share his last name for fear the publicity around the event would lead to his being harassed, the report said. But they did, and now Roberts has appeared to inform the masses that it was all a big joke.

"And it just took off like wildfire". So it's not his fault that as many people took it seriously as there were.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.

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