The Area 51 Dilemma

Sultan A and Chris G

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You have probably already heard about the Area 51 raid on the news, but is it real? On June 2, 2019, Matty Roberts posted an event on Facebook called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop all of Us.” The raid was planned to occur on September 20, 2019, at a United States Air Force (USAF) base in Nevada, officially known as Homey Airport (commonly known as Area 51).

The US Air Force had warned people who were going to attend the event that they will retaliate if they trespass. It even made some counties declare a national emergency, such as Nye County and Lincoln County. There were many problems predicted; water would be bought out almost immediately, gas would deplete, and traffic jams would be insane. Matty Roberts had stated that it was a joke and he did not expect it to blow up and people to actually go. When asked about how they heard about the raid, Samantha K and her friend said, “We learned about it from TikTok!” This proves that it spread like wildfire since it originally started from a Facebook page that not many people were following at the time. When asked about what he thinks about the topic, Matthew S said, “It’s stupid and shouldn’t even happen because they obviously are hiding something.”

Also, there was news of a festival on the 21st from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. September 11, 2019, was the date that Matty Roberts canceled due to financial issues, and the festival was going to be held at the same time as the raid. Someone else that is not affiliated with Roberts took on the role and was successful, though the raid did not actually happen. No aliens were seen and two people were arrested for trying to storm into the military base. It was really just a festival and it seemed that everyone had a fun time.