When and what time is the storm Area 51 event?

Connie West laughs with Kirk Schultz outside of a bar in Rachel, Nevada
Storm Area 51 is an internet hoax that got way (way) out of hand (Picture: AP Photo/John Locher)

Earlier this year, a huge number of people signed up to a Facebook event called Storm Area 51 which proposed that the public descend en masse and break into the infamous American research facility to see them aliens.

The idea behind the event was to uncover the secrets supposedly housed within Area 51 and overwhelm the tight security at the military base with the event organiser Matty Roberts suggesting: they cant stop us all.

The event started out as a hoax, but it quickly grew in popularity online, eventually amassing over two million confirmed attendees on the social networking site.

When and what time is the storm Area 51 event?

After the US Airforce issued a warning to anyone considering storming Area 51 and citing concerns over safety, infrastructure and lack of organisation, the organisers of the Storm Area 51 event, which was later rebranded as Alienstock, have since announced that they are no longer going ahead with the event.

The Little A'le' Inn restaurant and gift shop in Rachel, Nevada.
The event will no longer take place near Area 51 and is happening in Vegas instead (Picture: David Becker/Getty Images)

Although the plan to break into the top-secret research facility has now been shelved, the event organisers are welcoming everyone to go to an event on September 19 in Las Vegas instead.

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Due to be held at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center tonight, the re-branded Area 51 Celebration promises: an out-of-this-world evening of top-secret entertainment for anyone who turns up.

The doors to the event open at 7pm local time and entry is free – although you do need to be over 21 to attend.

Despite the fact that the Storm Area 51 event, which was originally meant to be held on September 20, has now been cancelled, local residents in Nevada still fear that thousands of people might descend on the area anyway.

The Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nevada
The Alien Research Center attraction in Hiko, Nevada (AP Photo/John Locher)

The tiny towns of Rachel (with a population of 54, according to a 2010 census) and Hiko near the once-secret miliRead More – Source