Currently making its round on the internet is a Facebook event named “Storm Area 51: They Can’t Stop All Of Us”. This event is an invitation to raid the conspiracy filled Air Force base in Nevada called Area 51. Theories about the military base began to circulate around 1947, after a weather balloon crashed near a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. Many claimed the balloon in question was actually an unidentified flying object or UFO shaped as a flying saucer. The object, along with its supposed passenger, was later taken to Area 51. Since then, theorists believe Area 51 to be a holding place for advanced technology and alien life. The Facebook Event states that on September 20th, 2019, a militia of volunteer citizens will storm the base and it’s occupants to discover the real secret behind the base. The event is said to be out of fun and most likely won’t happen. Though the question remains, what if the 500,000 and rising volunteers actually stormed Area 51? What obstacles would they face?
The first obstacle the raiders would face is getting there. The Area 51 base and airstrip is located deep in the desert in a location called Groom Lake. Groom Lake is surrounded by 4,000-square-miles which is 800 miles off from being the size of the state of Connecticut. This large patch of land is called the Nevada Test and Training Range where military grade weapons are tested and armed forces are trained. The land is occupied by many mountains and empty flats. The areas average temperature is around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It would be difficult for your average person to trek even a mile in this extreme environment. The town of Rachel, Nevada is the closest town to Groom Lake, located about 26 miles away. Rachel is located off of the famous “Extraterrestrial Highway” which is the closest public route in the area. You could assume, most would park their car here, then hike the 26 mile trek. This is only if they reach Rachel, which is also surrounded by the unforgiving landscape and dirt roads. To add onto this, most towns in the area are widely separated and hold few stores and gas stations.
If you make it past the environment without dying of heat stroke, your next obstacle would be security. Entry points of Area 51 are heavily guarded with armed military personnel. If caught entering into the Range, you risk the consequence of heavy fines and even jail-time. Signs on the property even state “Deadly Force” may be used. In 2014, a tour bus accidentally drove past the “No Trespassing” signs and was stopped by armed men in military wear. All four passengers and the driver were threatened a misdemeanor conviction and a fine of $650. The driver was the only one charged, due to lack of awareness from the passengers. The military also works with nearby Nye County Sheriffs Office which is able to provide support in cases needed. Both jurisdictions have stated on multiple occasions that any threat is taken seriously. Even if the raid is just for laughs and giggles, you can be sure both the Base and Sheriffs Office will be on top alert in the upcoming months.
In the end, it is unlikely a raid like this would succeed. It would result in multiple injuries and likely even death. Multiple fines and charges would be issued. The United States Air Force will not be playing games and will do what they need to do to protect themselves and Area 51. For your own safety, please stay home and don’t join in the raid. We most likely won’t find out anytime soon the secrets the base contain, but theories will hold strong. Whether you believe the facility is housing aliens and UFO’s or just advanced military technology, Area 51 is a place of interest and intrigue and will remain a place of mystery for years to come.