As of Saturday, a Facebook event page called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” had garnered nearly 740,000 recruits with almost 670,000 others indicating they are “interested” in attending.
The purported raid is set for Sept. 20 between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., with the “details” section noting, “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.” The reference is to Naruto Uzumaki, a Japanese manga character who appeared to run at the speed of light while leaning forward and stretching his arms behind his back, according to the Huffington Post.
According to ComicBook.com, a news site covering comics, TV shows and movies, a social media user who goes by the name “SmyleeKun” and who devised the Facebook page is “best known for posting memes and streaming to fans on Twitch,” a live streaming platform used by gamers.
While it certainly could be a prank, it has caught the attention of the Defense Department.
In comments to The Washington Post on Friday, Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews warned anyone seriously intending to storm the site to think twice.
″[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” she said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
In 2013 the CIA acknowledged AREA 51 as real. despite denying it’s existence for decades.