Area 51 “Raid” Goes On As Scheduled

Michaela Boyd

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This morning around 4 a.m. PDT, the highly-anticipated ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop Us All’ event took place near Groom Lake, Nevada. The Facebook event, aimed at “seeing them aliens” gathered more than two million RSVPs, most from teenagers and millennials joining in on the joke. 

“I personally think it is a cool event,” senior Kael Frank said. “Not the raid itself, but I think it’s cool that people can get together and bond over something that has connected them over the internet.”

Area 51 is a secret military base located about 81 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. The base has been the focus of multiple conspiracies, with the most popular accusing the government of harboring extraterrestrial life. The government has only confirmed the base as a place for aircraft testing, but the general public tends to not believe the statements. 

“I do think that somewhere out in the universe there is something else,” sophomore Matthew Sorrell said. “I find it hard to believe that in the whole universe we are the only living thing.”

According to Reuters, the US Air Force put a warning out stating that any attempt to go into the highly-classified area will be met with deadly force to protect their “most valuable assets.” As of now, there hasn’t been an actual raid, but alien enthusiasts have stood outside the gates chanting and holding signs.