Last week, more than a million people RSVP'd to a viral Facebook event, calling on users to raid Area 51 on September 20, 2019. Located in Nevada, the U.S. Air Force base has been a longtime source of extraterrestrial conspiracy theories.
Since this joke event has caught national attention and sparked a wave of hilarious memes, the U.S. Air Force warned those who plan on participating in the event about approaching Area 51.
However, what would happen if you did raid Area 51?
According to federal law, entering a U.S. military base without permission is considered trespassing. A conviction of this crime is punishable by a maximum six-month federal prison term and a fine of up to $500.
In addition to numerous “No Trespassing” signs, there are many signs surrounding the base that say, “Use of Deadly Force Authorized.” So, if you trespass Area 51 and military personnel consider you a security threat, you can and will be shot at.
The federal government officially acknowledged the existence of Area 51 in 2013 as a test base. But for decades, conspiracy theorists and UFO enthusiasts believe the base holds government secrets about aliens.
The creator of the Facebook event claims the raid is a joke. He has no intention of actually carrying out this plan.
For more information about trespassing laws in Ventura, contact Wilfert Law P.C. today at (805) 994-0560 and request a free consultation.