| 18.07,19. 04:34 AM |
Area 51 raids: US Air Force warns UFO enthusiasts against 'storming' air force base
More than one million people have signed up to a joke Facebook event, calling on users to meet at Area 51.
They have a plan to raid the famous "Area 51" and "see them aliens" - but what will happen if they actually do it?
More than one million people have signed up to a joke Facebook event, calling on users to meet at Area 51, the US Air Force base in Nevada that's long been a source of alien conspiracy theories, in September.
"If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets," the page says, referencing the Japanese manga-inspired running style with arms outstretched backwards and heads forward.
"Let's see them aliens."
A pinned post on the page attempts to cover its bases, reading "Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet."
'Hello US government... I do not actually intend to go ahead with this. I just thought it would be funny.'
But as the event has gained traction, inspiring dozens of memes and jokes, the profile of the situation has risen - so much so that the US Air Force has been made aware of the potential impending raid.
And they're not as lighthearted about the situation as folks on the internet are.
"(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," a spokeswoman told The Washington Post.
'We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.'
"The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
Area 51 was officially acknowledged as an Air Force base in 2013.
But it has spurred conspiracy theories for decades as a UFO and alien "holding site".
In short, it's thought that Area 51 holds all the government secrets about aliens - though the CIA has published documents confirming its use as a test base.
But it has since been confirmed that the US government has spent $US22 million researching UFOs.
Just last month, a group of US senators was briefed on UFO encounters the US Navy has had, too.