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What Would Happen If People Actually Stormed Area 51?

Updated July 16, 2019 2.6k votes 292 voters 3.8k views17 items

List RulesVote up the most likely results of this burgeoning attack on the country's most mythical top-secret fortress.

Area 51 has been such a pillar of the conspiratorial imagination for so long, it was only a matter of time before there was a coordinated effort to crash the place. Or, failing that, at least a viral rumor about a grass-roots effort to do so.

That time has finally come. The "event" in question - "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us" - was first posted on Facebook, with a date set for September 20, 2019. RSVPs soared into the seven figures, with another million or so expressing interest. The plan? Show up outside Area 51, split up into three carefully defined groups - Rock Throwers, Naruto Runners, and Kyles - and overrun the notoriously secretive military base. The endgame? Aliens, of course.

While the would-be seige may not be a genuine attempt to uncover extraterrestrial life while destabilizing the on-site security apparatus of a well-funded arm of the military (and/or a secret unit of the FBI specializing in paranormal activity), that hasn't stopped people from speculating about what might happen - what could happen - if the rogue offensive were to actually take place. Hypothetically. (Wink, wink.) What would happen in the event of an actual Area 51 raid?