UFO enthusiasts are Naruto running through Area 51 to ‘see them aliens’

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It’s been building up for months, but finally the chance to ‘storm Area 51’ has arrived.

UFO enthusiasts have descended on the Nevada desert near a secretive US Air Force military base after a joke even was created on Facebook earlier this year.

At its height, over two million people had said they would attend the event and ‘naruto run’ through the base to find its alien inhabitants.

In fact, momentum behind the event went so viral that the organisers decided to call it off over safety fears and a worry it would become another Fyre Festival.

But that hasn’t stopped fans from flocking to small towns like Rachel, Nevada (population 54 in the 2010 census) to meet up with other alien hunters. Hilariously, one man performed a perfect Naruto run past a live news report from the scene. An act that will surely become a recurring internet gif for years to come.

Naruto run to see them aliens (13 Action News)

Area 51 is a closed off military site long rumoured to contain evidence of alien contact. And the US Air Force issued a stern warning after the event gained prominence.

‘[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,’ a US Air Force spokesperson said in a statement.

‘The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.’

But the lure of the conspiracy theories has proved too much to resist.

Tamara Smithe-Smith (L) and Berry Guess (R) from Oklahoma, pose by a sign, for the Storm Area 51 event (Getty)
People set up camp at one of the designated sites for camping, for the Storm Area 51 event (Getty)
 Two girls do a live stream for Hay Frase podcast out of Washington, D.C. at the Storm Area 51 event (Getty)

‘This phenomenon is really a perfect blend of interest in aliens and the supernatural, government conspiracies, and the desire to know what we don’t know,’ said University of Nevada sociologist, Michael Borer.

Local residents have been preparing for the influx of alien fans from around the US and beyond.

Events around the town of Rachel include the ‘Area 51 Basecamp’, featuring music, speakers and films, and two festivals competing for the name ‘Alienstock’.

Joerg Arnu, a Rachel resident, said: ‘We are preparing for the worst.’

Mr Arnu said he has installed outdoor floodlights, fencing and ‘No trespassing’ signs on his 30-acre property. He has also organised a radio-equipped night watch of neighbours, fearing there will not be enough water, food, rubbish bins or toilets for visitors.

‘Those that know what to expect camping in the desert are going to have a good time,’ Mr Arnu said.

But he predicts people will arrive in the desert in shorts and flip-flops, unaware overnight temperatures can plunge to as low as 5C.

Rachel is right next to Area 51 (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)
A warning sign is posted at the back gate at the top-secret military installation at the Nevada Test and Training Range – known as Area 51 (Getty)

Mr Arnu added: ‘That doesn’t protect you against critters, snakes and scorpions. They’re not going to find what they’re looking for, and they are going to get angry.’

Officials expect mobile phone service to be overwhelmed, and have warned the nearest petrol station is 45 miles away. Though the creator of the Facebook event later called it a hoax, the overwhelming response has sent local, state and military officials scrambling.

But despite the huge response to the raid, it’s unlikely we’ll ever truly uncover the truth about what’s really going on inside Area 51.


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