Join Kyler as he investigates what will happen if people actually turn up to the "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" event on September 20th.
It's no secret that Area 51 is one of America's most heavily guarded places. For years it's been at the center of a lot of extraterrestrial conspiracies. A few weeks ago, a man named Mathew Roberts created an event on Facebook called "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," and to his surprise over 2 million people signed up for the event. There are many reasons this isn't a good idea, and Kyler breaks down why.
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Oh, hello! Welcome to this week's episode of Nobody Asked, I'm Kyler Johnson, and today we're going to be investigating what will actually happen if all of us decide to storm the top-secret Area 51?
As many of you have likely seen or heard; over two million people (including myself) on Facebook have marked themselves as "going" to the "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" event, which is planned for September 20th of this year.
Area 51 is located in the very hot, desolate Nevada Desert about 150 or so miles from Sin City, aka Las Vegas.
It wasn't until 2013 that the United States Government actually confirmed the existence of Area 51 and described some of the things that happen at the base, but I think we all know what really goes on there. Sure, they confirmed U-2 spy planes were developed and tested there. There has to be more, though!
The area is most famous for alien conspiracy theories. People believe the government is hiding alien bodies, UFO's, you name it at the base, and I think it's about damn time we find out. This all stemmed from the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico UFO crash.
In June of this year, the Pentagon provided a briefing on UFOs encountered by Navy pilots to members of Congress. It's also known that President Donald Trump had also been briefed on UFOs. Didn't he say he'd reveal alien stuff during his campaign??
Anyway, before the event, most people will likely fly into Las Vegas, and some others who are closer will likely drive themselves. The City of Las Vegas is home to 2.2 million people, so an influx of over 2 million event-goers, would put a huge strain on the city. It would literally double the population.
On the day of the event, everyone attending will meet at the Area 51 Alien Center, which is just a little gas station rest stop area in Amargosa Valley, NV. It's DEFINITELY not big enough for 2 million people. Not to mention, it's still an hour or so away from Area 51.
Lincoln County, Nevada, which is home to Area 51 one doesn't have a lot of people that live there. Only a few thousand or so. There are 26, yes, just 26 sworn sheriff's deputies to protect the whole county. When people get too close to the base, officials typically call the Lincoln County Sherriff's Office to deal with it, but 26 deputies can only do so much. The Sherriff Kerry Lee is stated for saying, "that even 1000s visitors could put a strain on emergency services."
He believes that there would be a huge influx of heat-related illnesses because many will not come prepared for the sweltering heat.
Area 51 is heavily guarded and is patrolled 24 hours a day. There are cameras set up everywhere, drones with an eye in the sky, and supposedly, there are even sensors in the ground that can detect movement. Guards that patrol Area 51 are authorized by the United States Government to use deadly force on trespassers.
It should also be known that even by taking a photo on your phone, you run the risk of capturing something you shouldn't, which could land you with a $5000 fine, six months of jail time, or both! As a broke college student, I definitely do not want a $5000 fine.
If millions of event-goers do show up and decide to storm the base and use a Naruto style run "to see them, aliens." It's probable that the guards at the base would get overwhelmed. However, with this event picking up so much media attention, I bet they will have plenty of extra security on and around September 20th.
On July 10th, Laura McAndrews, a spokesperson for the United States Airforce said the following: "[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", adding: "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets".
Top-secret alien stuff might exist at the base and it might not. Maybe one day we'll find out, and that day could be September 20th, if things go as planned. If people decide to storm Area 51, it's likely that some will be shot, even killed for trespassing.
With all of that said, I'm doubtful that a bunch of people will actually show up. I assume a few hundred will go, but definitely not thousands, but I could be wrong. Mathew Roberts, the event creator, believes at least 20,000 people will show up. As I mentioned, the event was created as a joke, but now he's actually planning a meetup!
If you plan on going to the meet up in September, bring lots of food, water, and don't actually try to run on the base. You will be arrested, shot, or even killed. You could even suffer some sort of heat-related illness. Things like this are all fun and games until someone gets hurt. I'm not trying to sound like your mother, but be smart.
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