Lincoln County, NV – The U.S. military has advised the more than one million Facebook users that have signed up to “Storm Area 51” that actually trying to raid the restricted military base would be a very bad idea.
The event planned for 3 a.m. on Sept. 20 was created as a joke on Facebook title "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," but now the military is monitoring the situation after more than a million people signed up to help breach the military installation long rumored to be where the U.S. military has stored crashed UFOs.
"The U.S. Air Force is aware of the Facebook event encouraging people to 'Storm Area 51,' " an Air Force spokesperson told NPR.
"The Nevada Test and Training Range provides flexible, realistic and multidimensional battlespace to test and develop tactics as well as conduct advanced training in support of U.S. national interests," the official said, referring to Area 51 by its official name. "Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged."
The Facebook page said that attendees would meet at a nearby “tourist attraction” to coordinate, FOX News reported.
“If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,” the event’s page said, referencing a super-speedy Japanese anime character. “Lets see them aliens.”
The page was created by a 20-year-old man from California who set it all up as a joke.
"I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page," he told NPR through Facebook Messenger. "And it just took off like wildfire. It's entirely satirical though, and most people seem to understand that."
The page’s creator told NPR that he’ll "more than likely be there, but not for the intended purpose."
He said he’s been talking to some of the others who signed up about organizing an educational event that does not include "sprinting through the desert at 3am."
Although the event might have been created as a joke, a whole lot of people are taking it seriously and making plans to be there for Sept. 20.
The co-owner of a hotel called the Little A’Le’Inn – pronounced “little alien” – located 26 miles from the runway in Area 51 said she’s already booked solid for the big shindig.
"Yes, it sounds like a joke, but there apparently are some people who want to check out the joke," Connie West told NPR.
West's accommodations are the closest place to stay to Area 51.
She said she’s booked all 10 rooms in her inn, and has already booked more than 60 guests who want to pitch tents on her 30 acres of land, NPR reported.
West said that almost everybody who has called has asked specifically about the raid on Area 51.
"Apparently, people are taking it seriously," she told NPR. "I think they're stupid if they think they're going to get to the test site, but I'm gonna capitalize on it."
West has a gift shop that sells keychains, t-shirts, mugs, and other touristy items “all featuring aliens and/or Area 51” and she is planning to make the most of the bizarre gathering.
The spoof event has generated tons of hilarious memes all over social media, but the U.S. Air Force isn’t laughing about it.
"[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces," U.S. Air Force Spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told The Washington Post, according to KMOV. "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
There may be another group in attendance on the night of the raid on Area 51, although they don't plan to storm the military facility looking for aliens.
"We will meet up at the Area 51 tourist attraction and coordinate were [sic] we will go to watch these morons get plowed down," read the Facebook event titled "Area 51 Spectators, They’re going to stop ALL of you."
"Make sure you bring recording devices and binoculars. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GET MIXED IN WITH THE WALKING DEAD DOING THE NARUTO RUN!" the event page advised.