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Storming Area 51? UFO enthusiast is pumped, but U.S. military wants you to stay away

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The U.S. military is warning the conspiracy theorists threatening to storm Area 51 to stand down, but a local UFO enthusiast says he’s interested in checking out the scene at the top-secret test site — a potential gathering that “shows the quest for truth” about aliens, he tells the Herald.

A Facebook-fueled event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” has gone viral. It was apparently a joke post, but has resulted in nearly 2 million people checking off “going” to the Sept. 20 event at 3 a.m.

Another 1.4 million Facebook users responded that they’re interested in attending the event, located in Amargosa Valley, Nev. The post reads, “Let’s see them aliens.”

“It’s really exciting, and is bringing a lot of awareness to UFOs,” said local author Ronny LeBlanc, who wrote the book “Monsterland,” which details paranormal activity in Leominster. “It definitely shows the quest for truth out there on this subject, and that people are waking up to the fact that UFOs are real.”

But the U.S. Air Force is not pleased with the Facebook event encouraging people to storm the Nevada Test and Training Range, an experiment site for classified aircraft.

“As a matter of practice, we do not discuss specific security measures, but any attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas is dangerous,” the Air Force said in a statement.

Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada manages the land. In a statement, Nellis Air Force Base said: “Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged.”

Signs around Area 51 warn people to not trespass, and state that “use of deadly force authorized.”

Many people online have half-joked that the Area 51 raid would be this era’s Boston Massacre — the 1770 deadly riot between British soldiers and American colonists in the lead up to the Revolutionary War.

The organizer of the Greater New England UFO Conference reiterated that people should steer clear of Area 51 because of safety concerns.

“It’s dangerous,” said Susan McNeill Spuhler. “People would be taking their lives into their own hands.”

She questioned if anyone is serious about storming Area 51.

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