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Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near Area 51

A boy wears a tinfoil hat at the gates of Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada, September 20, 2019. A call to "storm" the secretive U.S. military base in the Nevada desert known as Area 51 attracted several dozen revelers to a heavily guarded entrance early Friday, but most did not attempt to enter the site, long rumored to house secrets about extraterrestrial life.

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A boy wears a tinfoil hat at the gates of Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada, September 20, 2019. A call to "storm" the secretive U.S. military base in the Nevada desert known as Area 51 attracted several dozen revelers to a heavily guarded entrance early...more

A boy wears a tinfoil hat at the gates of Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada, September 20, 2019. A call to "storm" the secretive U.S. military base in the Nevada desert known as Area 51 attracted several dozen revelers to a heavily guarded entrance early Friday, but most did not attempt to enter the site, long rumored to house secrets about extraterrestrial life. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A person carries signs outside a gate to Area 51. "They're just here to see what's going on," said Sergeant Orlando Guerra of the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division. "They re here to have fun."

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A person carries signs outside a gate to Area 51. "They're just here to see what's going on," said Sergeant Orlando Guerra of the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division. "They re here to have fun." REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A person carries signs outside a gate to Area 51. "They're just here to see what's going on," said Sergeant Orlando Guerra of the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division. "They re here to have fun." REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Two men dance on a road to an entrance to Area 51. The U.S. Air Force had issued a stern warning to the public not to trespass into Area 51, which it said is used to test aircraft and train personnel. Area 51 had long been shrouded in mystery, stoking conspiracy theories that it housed the remnants of a flying saucer and the bodies of its alien crew from a supposed unidentified flying object crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.

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Two men dance on a road to an entrance to Area 51. The U.S. Air Force had issued a stern warning to the public not to trespass into Area 51, which it said is used to test aircraft and train personnel. Area 51 had long been shrouded in mystery,...more

Two men dance on a road to an entrance to Area 51. The U.S. Air Force had issued a stern warning to the public not to trespass into Area 51, which it said is used to test aircraft and train personnel. Area 51 had long been shrouded in mystery, stoking conspiracy theories that it housed the remnants of a flying saucer and the bodies of its alien crew from a supposed unidentified flying object crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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People dressed in costumes chant as they approach a gate to Area 51. The U.S. government did not confirm the base existed until 2013, when it released CIA archives saying the site was used to test top-secret spy planes. The documents, however, did not end suspicion about space aliens there. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

People dressed in costumes chant as they approach a gate to Area 51. The U.S. government did not confirm the base existed until 2013, when it released CIA archives saying the site was used to test top-secret spy planes. The documents, however, did...more

People dressed in costumes chant as they approach a gate to Area 51. The U.S. government did not confirm the base existed until 2013, when it released CIA archives saying the site was used to test top-secret spy planes. The documents, however, did not end suspicion about space aliens there. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Law enforcement watch people gather at a gate to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Law enforcement watch people gather at a gate to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Law enforcement watch people gather at a gate to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Attendees wear space travel and alien-themed costumes. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Attendees wear space travel and alien-themed costumes. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Attendees wear space travel and alien-themed costumes. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A man rides a motorcycle with an alien doll strapped to it as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A man rides a motorcycle with an alien doll strapped to it as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A man rides a motorcycle with an alien doll strapped to it as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A woman is detained by law enforcement after crossing into Area 51. One young woman ducked under a protective gate and was briefly detained by authorities and released. Others stayed outside the perimeter, according to law enforcement officials keeping watch over the crowd. 

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A woman is detained by law enforcement after crossing into Area 51. One young woman ducked under a protective gate and was briefly detained by authorities and released. Others stayed outside the perimeter, according to law enforcement officials...more

A woman is detained by law enforcement after crossing into Area 51. One young woman ducked under a protective gate and was briefly detained by authorities and released. Others stayed outside the perimeter, according to law enforcement officials keeping watch over the crowd. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Attendees wear space travel and alien-themed costumes in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Attendees wear space travel and alien-themed costumes in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Attendees wear space travel and alien-themed costumes in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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An attendee wears an alien mask at the gate of Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

An attendee wears an alien mask at the gate of Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

An attendee wears an alien mask at the gate of Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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People do the "Naruto run" at the gates of Area 51. Jason Strand (not pictured), 23, said he traveled from Utah to the rural Nevada site as part of a group of nine friends to take in the scene. He said he was not inclined to dart into Area 51. "We're came out here to see the dumb people make a run for it," he said.

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People do the "Naruto run" at the gates of Area 51. Jason Strand (not pictured), 23, said he traveled from Utah to the rural Nevada site as part of a group of nine friends to take in the scene. He said he was not inclined to dart into Area 51. "We're...more

People do the "Naruto run" at the gates of Area 51. Jason Strand (not pictured), 23, said he traveled from Utah to the rural Nevada site as part of a group of nine friends to take in the scene. He said he was not inclined to dart into Area 51. "We're came out here to see the dumb people make a run for it," he said. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A woman carries a sign outside a gate to Area 51. 

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A woman carries a sign outside a gate to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A woman carries a sign outside a gate to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A man dances as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A man dances as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A man dances as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Children run towards an entrance to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Children run towards an entrance to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Children run towards an entrance to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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People gather outside a gate of Area 51. 
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People gather outside a gate of Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

People gather outside a gate of Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A military personnel member patrols with a dog within the gates to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A military personnel member patrols with a dog within the gates to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A military personnel member patrols with a dog within the gates to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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An attendee poses an alien doll at the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada. Area 51 sits about 12 miles from Rachel, Nevada, a tiny outpost north of Las Vegas that is hosting a music festival to entertain any UFO hunters or others heading to the region. Some residents had urged the public to stay away because they worried the town of 50 year-round residents would be overwhelmed with unruly tourists.

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An attendee poses an alien doll at the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada. Area 51 sits about 12 miles from Rachel, Nevada, a tiny outpost north of Las Vegas that is hosting a music festival to entertain any UFO hunters or others heading to the...more

An attendee poses an alien doll at the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada. Area 51 sits about 12 miles from Rachel, Nevada, a tiny outpost north of Las Vegas that is hosting a music festival to entertain any UFO hunters or others heading to the region. Some residents had urged the public to stay away because they worried the town of 50 year-round residents would be overwhelmed with unruly tourists. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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As of early Friday, a few hundred campsites had been set up by visitors outside the Little A'Le'Inn, an alien-themed motel and restaurant that is Rachel's only business. "I'm relieved it's here," said Connie West (pictured), co-owner of the inn, who had scrambled to set up a campground, bring in portable toilets and otherwise support the influx of visitors. "It's happening. There was no stopping it."

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As of early Friday, a few hundred campsites had been set up by visitors outside the Little A'Le'Inn, an alien-themed motel and restaurant that is Rachel's only business. "I'm relieved it's here," said Connie West (pictured), co-owner of the inn, who...more

As of early Friday, a few hundred campsites had been set up by visitors outside the Little A'Le'Inn, an alien-themed motel and restaurant that is Rachel's only business. "I'm relieved it's here," said Connie West (pictured), co-owner of the inn, who had scrambled to set up a campground, bring in portable toilets and otherwise support the influx of visitors. "It's happening. There was no stopping it." REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Alien-themed decorations are seen at the Alien Research Center in Hiko.

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Alien-themed decorations are seen at the Alien Research Center in Hiko. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Alien-themed decorations are seen at the Alien Research Center in Hiko. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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People visit the Alien Research Center in Hiko. 

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People visit the Alien Research Center in Hiko. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

People visit the Alien Research Center in Hiko. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A person carries a sign outside a gate to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A person carries a sign outside a gate to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A person carries a sign outside a gate to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Drivers kick up dust on the road to Area 51 gates. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Drivers kick up dust on the road to Area 51 gates. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Drivers kick up dust on the road to Area 51 gates. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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An attendee wears a tinfoil hat at the gates of Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

An attendee wears a tinfoil hat at the gates of Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

An attendee wears a tinfoil hat at the gates of Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Traffic on Highway 375 in Rachel, Nevada. Rachel and its surroundings have celebrated their place in UFO lore as a tourist draw. A 98-mile road running through the area is dubbed the Extraterrestrial Highway, a purported hotbed of UFO sightings.

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Traffic on Highway 375 in Rachel, Nevada. Rachel and its surroundings have celebrated their place in UFO lore as a tourist draw. A 98-mile road running through the area is dubbed the Extraterrestrial Highway, a purported hotbed of UFO...more

Traffic on Highway 375 in Rachel, Nevada. Rachel and its surroundings have celebrated their place in UFO lore as a tourist draw. A 98-mile road running through the area is dubbed the Extraterrestrial Highway, a purported hotbed of UFO sightings. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A parking sign at the Little A'Le'Inn. 
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A parking sign at the Little A'Le'Inn. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A parking sign at the Little A'Le'Inn. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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An attendee shows an alien-themed tattoo in Rachel, Nevada. 

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An attendee shows an alien-themed tattoo in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

An attendee shows an alien-themed tattoo in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Military equipment is visible from the entrance to Area 51. 

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Military equipment is visible from the entrance to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Military equipment is visible from the entrance to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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About 40 miles to the east, the small town of Hiko planned an event called "Storm Area 51 Basecamp" at a gift shop dubbed the Alien Research Center (pictured). 

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About 40 miles to the east, the small town of Hiko planned an event called "Storm Area 51 Basecamp" at a gift shop dubbed the Alien Research Center (pictured). REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

About 40 miles to the east, the small town of Hiko planned an event called "Storm Area 51 Basecamp" at a gift shop dubbed the Alien Research Center (pictured). REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Dust blows through the desert in Rachel, Nevada. 

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Dust blows through the desert in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Dust blows through the desert in Rachel, Nevada. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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People take photos at the entrance to Area 51. 

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People take photos at the entrance to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

People take photos at the entrance to Area 51. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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