Almost two million have now pledged to storm Area 51 on September 20, setting the US military on edge and making the organizer of the event quite nervous. A further 1.4 million have indicated their interest at the time of publishing.
California resident Matty Roberts’ Facebook post quickly gained momentum after he constructed the event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop Us All” as a joke. Since then, he has revealed his full identity to news reports, stating that no one should be taking him seriously.
But in what is perhaps too little too late, Pandora’s Box has opened. Despite the United States Air Force warning people to stay away from the facility, the event is still collecting names. In an official statement, Laura McAndrews, an Air Force spokesperson warned that the facility is protected and that guards are under orders to use force to protect it.
People signing up to the viral event, however, seem unphased.
Reports indicate that nearby Area 51 hotels are almost booked out for September 20. Little A’Le’Inn, pronounced ‘little alien,’ is one such hotel just 26 miles away from the base and is booked out.
The hotel’s co-owner, Connie West, told NPR that the phone has been ringing off the hook since the event went viral. Although they only have ten rooms, West indicated she also has 30 acres of lamp available for those wishing to camp. At least 60 people have taken up her offer so far.
The general consensus for those attending is that the military can’t shoot them all, and that perhaps the people are tired of all the government secrecy.