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RACHEL, NEVADA - JULY 22: An alien-like statue displays a sign welcoming guests to the Little A'le' Inn restaurant and gift shop on July 22, 2019 in Rachel, Nevada. A Facebook event entitled, "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," which the author stated was meant as a joke, calls for people to storm the highly classified U.S. Air Force facility near Rachel on September 20, 2019, to address a conspiracy theory that the U.S. government is conducting tests with space aliens. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

It started out as a joke just four months ago. A Bakersfield college student named Matty Roberts, posted a Facebook event at 2:00 in the morning. “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us” invited people to gather at Area 51 on September 19. The goal was to invade the famous government site with enough manpower to overcome the guards. Roberts claimed the post was a joke from the beginning. But the RSVP total got to over 2 million, with 3.5 million people expressing interest in the event. Some followers of the post claimed our tax dollars pay for the government site and citizens have a right to know what is happening there. And they had every intention of following through with the invasion.

The US Air Force, however, is just as serious about playing defense. They issued a warning to anyone who attempts to infiltrate a government site. After the post initially got noticed, the FBI showed up at Roberts’ house to ask what his intentions were. He assured them it was all just a joke. But Lincoln County sheriff Kerry Lee claims even 1% of the people who RSVP’d would be more than they could handle.

Two actual events have been planned, and even given permits by Lincoln County, where Area 51 resides. One event is the “Alienstock” which includes a myriad of “top-secret” performers. The other is Storm Area 51 Basecamp, which plans to execute the invasion on Sept 20.

UPDATE: Due to safety concerns, Alienstock has been moved to Las Vegas. “Area 51 Celebration” will be held Thursday, Sept 19 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The out-of-this-world entertainment remains “top secret” and people are encouraged to come and mingle with other alien-lovers. Meanwhile, the events that were planned locally in Rachel will still take place. Get the entire story here.