Man Behind 'Storm Area 51' Comes Forward; Says it was Meant to be a Joke

Area 51

As nearly 3 million enthusiastic supporters rallied behind a call to storm Area 51 over the past three weeks, at least one person watched the out-of-control plan unfold with horror: Matty Roberts, the guy behind the original Facebook post.

Roberts, a California resident, says he created the page "Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us" as a joke, never dreaming the event would garner 1.6 million "going" clicks and 1.2 million "interested" clicks. “I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people," he says. "And then it just completely took off out of nowhere. I was just like, 'The FBI’s going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there.'"

Apparently, the U.S. Air Force, which operates the base, took the post as seriously as the page's followers. A rep responded to the planned September raid by telling the Washington Post, "We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces."

What do you think goes on at Area 51?

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