THE online call to action to storm the secret US Air Force base, known as Area 51, spectacularly flopped yesterday.
Fears that thousands of people would show up to the base, set deep in Nevada desert, with the intension of breaking in and revealing the secrets that lie behind the fences would turn out to be unfounded as only several dozen turned up.
A post uploaded to Facebook in June by college student Matty Roberts jokingly invited people to storm Area 51, and within days it became viral, with over three million people responding to the invitation.
The US Military responded by reaffirming that under no circumstances will trespassers be tolerated.
Area 51 is “an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” warned the US Air Force.
Thankfully, the millions of people that showed interest did not materialise, with only 75 alien enthusiasts making the trip to the remote part of the Nevada desert.
The event turned into more of a celebration, with people dressing up in alien costumes and waving placards stating “free the aliens”.
Only one arrest was made and that was for urinating near the bases gates.
One enthusiast travelled across the country to be at the event, “I’m a little disappointed because it’s a lot less people than they said online,” explained Nathan Brown, who drove more than 700 miles from Portland.