It began as an internet joke, but today is September 20 and the alien enthusiasts have kept to their word and have began to descend the mysterious Area 51, tucked away in the Nevada desert.
Ever since 20-year-old Matty Roberts decided it would be funny to create a Facebook page to storm Area 51, it has had people around the world question whether or not now is the time to force the truth out of the government.
I guess Matty underestimated the intrigue revolving around the supposed alien hotspot.
Over 2 million people clicked that they would be attending the event back in July through Facebook, which led officials in Nevada to question whether or not it was an issue that they actually needed to worry about.
So far the event has attracted about 1,500 people to the two desert towns situated close to Homey Airport. It may not be enough to start a revolution but it’s kept Lincoln Country Sheriff Kerry Lee on his toes.
The County Sheriff has stated that there haven’t been any arrests but over 150 people have managed to get close enough to the site to take selfies at the gate of the allusive military sight.
This is after the US Air Force has warned people not to enter the Nevada Test and Training Range, where the base is located.
The Sheriff said: “It’s public land. They’re allowed to go the gate, as long as they don’t cross the boundary.”
It appears locals have taken advantage of its newfound interest, with makeshift festivals being held in Rachel, which is the Nevada town closest to the site.
Mr Martinez was one intrigued attendee, having driven six hours from California to make it to the event.
He said: “Here’s a big open space for people to be… One person starts something and it infects everybody with positivity.
“Anything can happen if you give people a place to be.”
Thankfully, no serious incidents have occurred with the arrival of alien fanatics and University of Nevada sociologist, Michael Ian Borer has actually praised the event, describing it as “a perfect blend of interest in aliens and the supernatural, government conspiracies, and the desire to know what we don’t know”.
He added: “People desire to be part of something, to be ahead of the curve.
“Area 51 is a place where normal, ordinary citizens can’t go. When you tell people they can’t do something, they just want to do it more.”
The sociologist isn’t the only happen person happy about the situation, the only and local inn in Rachel is “booked solid”, making camping now the only resort left.
Not only is the inn all booked out, but Rachel’s last gas station closed all the way back in 2006. Meaning anyone running out of gas will need to head 50 miles away to Alamo, Nevada – which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to catch a glimpse of extraterrestrial life.
Despite there not being any arrests today, earlier this week two Dutch Youtubers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespass and illegal parking, after deciding to film Area 51.
On September 10, Govert Sweep, 21, and Ties Granzier, 20, were arrested near the military base site.
Both were sentenced to three days in jail and were also responsible for paying $2,300 (£1,800) each in fines.