Area 51: The “Storm” That Never Happened

Things went relatively smoothly at the "raid" on Area 51 in the Nevada desert.

A little more than three-thousand visitors, many in wacky extraterrestrial themed costumes, descended on the tiny town of Rachel, just outside the gates of the secretive Air Force base. The town had been preparing for “thousands and thousands” of partygoers, but got lucky with the amount that actually showed up.

As far as the behavior of those attending, there were five reported arrests, all for minor infractions. The event sparked nationwide interest this summer after a California college student created a Facebook page to encourage a raid on the base to "see them aliens" that are rumored to be held inside.

Meanwhile, a Department of Defense video site is apologizing for a tweet allegedly threatening participants in the Storm Area 51 event. The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service posted a tweet on Friday showing uniformed military members at attention in front of a B-2 bomber with the caption, "The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #Area51raid today."

On Saturday, the military unit apologized, and said the tweet "in NO WAY supports the stance of the Department of Defense." Around 150 people, many dressed in alien garb, gathered near the base entrance north of Las Vegas Friday. A handful were arrested for minor infractions. 

Source: Time

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