Fears that thousands of people could storm Area 51 on Friday were unfounded, with just several dozen arriving at the secretive US military base.
Millions had responded to a Facebook post in June calling for people to raid the facility in Nevada on 20 September to “see them aliens”.
But nobody attempted to enter the site and only one person was arrested – for urinating near the gate.
Area 51 has long been rumoured to house secrets about extraterrestrial life.
Why are people talking about Area 51?
In June, Matty Roberts, a student from California, posted a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event inviting people to charge at the base in large enough numbers to bypass security.
Within days of its launch, the event became a viral sensation, making headlines across the world. More than three million people expressed an interest in taking part.
The US Air Force warned that Area 51 was “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”.
What happened on Friday?
Not a lot.
Despite much anticipation surrounding the event, only around 75 people turned up at the front gate and nobody attempted to enter.
The only person to be arrested was a man caught urinating near the entrance and a woman was detained for an undisclosed reason, Associated Press reported.
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Originally posted 2019-09-21 08:42:52.