LAS VEGAS – At first, the co-owner of the quirky, alumni-owned motel on the Nevada Highway from the mysterious Area 51 site did not take an entry for a Facebook prank event too seriously.
Then she took it seriously The phone started to ring.
"It does not stop, our phone does not stop ringing," said Connie West of Little A & # 39; s Inn opposite the Las Vegas Sun.
The 10-room motel is one of the few businesses in Rachel, a 54-person city that has since gained a celebrity status among aviation and UFO fans. The release of a September 20 event titled "Storm Area 51" caught on.
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"You can not stop us all," the po st jokes. "Let's see her aliens."
The military warns people against entering the formerly top-secret location of the Cold War, which is expelled and monitored as part of Nevada's vast test and training route.
After refusing to acknowledge the existence of Area 51, the CIA declassified documents for decades in 2013, specifically referring to the 20,700 square kilometer installation and placing it on a map near the dry bottom of Groom Lake ,
The base was a test site for top-secret aircraft in the 1950s, including the U-2 spy plane and later the B-2 stealth bomber.
"Any attempt to illegally enter the area is strongly discouraged," said the Air Force statement from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas.
West is worried about what could happen when large crowds arrive.
"It's a little scary to believe that many people could descend to a city of 54 residents," she said. "How can you prepare yourself?"
Linda Looney, at the Alien Research Center souvenir shop and campsite on State Highway 375, called the Extraterrestrial Highway, told the Sun that she was also worried about the impact of the Facebook post. "I do not think it's just a passing fantasy," she said. But Lee said 500 or 1,000 sudden visitors could cause traffic, parking and congestion issues in a jurisdiction with 26 sworn sheriff deputies and about 5,200 permanent residents , mainly in rural towns like Caliente, Pioche, Panaca and Alamo. "I think that was originally a joke, but there may be enough people to take it seriously, and it could be a problem," the sheriff said. "Someone gets hurt and people could go to jail. There is nothing to joke about.
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