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We come in peace! Just 75 alien enthusiasts make it to the gates of military base despite thousands of people descending on tiny Nevada desert towns for 'Storm Area 51' event - as police make two arrests

Just 75 people have made it to the gates of Area 51, despite claims that millions more would storm the highly-classified Air Force base in rural Nevada. 
The group of alien enthusiasts marched to the gates of the government compound in the early hours of Friday morning for the much-hyped 'Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us' event. 
The attendees appeared to be in high spirits, dressed in outlandish costumes and waving placards while they chatted with police on patrol.  
Despite the easygoing atmosphere, Associated Press reports that there were two arrests as the crowd gathered at around 3am.  
The news agency said it wasn't immediately clear if a woman who began ducking under a gate and a man who urinated nearby were those that were arrested. 
A group of friends prepare to Naruto run towards a security gate at Area 51 near Rachel, Nevada
A group of friends prepare to Naruto run towards a security gate at Area 51 near Rachel, Nevada
Revelers dance at the 'Storm Area 51' spinoff event 'Alienstock'
Revelers dance at the 'Storm Area 51' spinoff event 'Alienstock'
Danny Phillipou, left, slaps his friend's behind while they both chant "slap them cheeks" at a security gate entrance to Area 51
Danny Phillipou, left, slaps his friend's behind while they both chant "slap them cheeks" at a security gate entrance to Area 51
Young women attending the Facebook event run towards a security barrier at Area 51
Young women attending the Facebook event run towards a security barrier at Area 51
More conspiracy theorists and tourists are expect to descend upon rural towns in the area in the coming days
More conspiracy theorists and tourists are expect to descend upon rural towns in the area in the coming days
Tourists are seen running wild in rural Nevada as they kick-off the three-day 'Storm Area 51' event on Friday afternoon
Tourists are seen running wild in rural Nevada as they kick-off the three-day 'Storm Area 51' event on Friday afternoon
Around 1500 revelers have already arrived in the towns of Rachel and Hiko, located a short distance from Area 51
Around 1500 revelers have already arrived in the towns of Rachel and Hiko, located a short distance from Area 51
Just 75 people have made it to the gates of Area 51, despite claims that millions more would storm the highly-classified Air Force base in rural Nevada 
Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee is scheduled to hold a press conference updating media on the events later on Friday.  
The  number of people involved in Friday night's festivities is far fewer than the 2 million people who clicked 'attending' to the  event invite that went viral on Facebook back in June. 
However, more conspiracy theorists and tourists are expect to descend upon rural towns in the area in the coming days. 
Around 1500 revelers have already arrived in the towns of Rachel and Hiko, located a short distance from Area 51.  
The two towns have a combined population of just 175 people, with many locals wondering whether their community can cope with an influx of people. 
Danny Phillipou prepares to Naruto run at a security gate entrance to Area 51
Danny Phillipou prepares to Naruto run at a security gate entrance to Area 51
The mood was mostly jovial early on Friday morning, as around the small group of conspiracy theorists and extraterrestrial enthusiasts stood outside the Area 51 Air Force Base
A skateboarder does a trick in front of police officers as they guard an entrance to Area 51
A skateboarder does a trick in front of police officers as they guard an entrance to Area 51
Another attendee pretends to run at the barrier guarding the secretive military facility
Another attendee pretends to run at the barrier guarding the secretive military facility
One young attendee is pictured outside an Area 51 entrance early Friday morning attending the  'Storm Area 51' event
One young attendee is pictured outside an Area 51 entrance early Friday morning attending the  'Storm Area 51' event
Despite the easygoing atmosphere, Associated Press reports that there were two arrests as the crowd gathered at around 3am
Despite the easygoing atmosphere, Associated Press reports that there were two arrests as the crowd gathered at around 3am
Extra personnel and resources are on hand should the number of attendees swell into the weekend
Extra personnel and resources are on hand should the number of attendees swell into the weekend
The Air Force has issued stern warnings for people not to try to enter the Nevada Test and Training Range, where Area 51 is located.
Meanwhile, Lincoln County Emergency Manager Eric Holt has stated that extra personnel and resources are on hand should the number of attendees swell into the weekend. 
'We're in coordination with several other operators to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors to the area,' he told the Las Vegas Review Journal on Thursday. 
'We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. If we don't get the numbers for what we're prepared for we can send some of the resource home. If we need it we can have it.'
Holt said between 5000 and 50,000 people could flock to the area. 
'We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. If we don't get the numbers for what we're prepared for we can send some of the resource home': Revelers continued to arrive in the area on Friday afternoon
'We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. If we don't get the numbers for what we're prepared for we can send some of the resource home': Revelers continued to arrive in the area on Friday afternoon 
Several revelers are seen attending 'Alienstock' on Friday - a music event that also promises food trucks and vendors, trash and electric services, and a robust security and medical staff
Several revelers are seen attending 'Alienstock' on Friday - a music event that also promises food trucks and vendors, trash and electric services, and a robust security and medical staff
Several people were seen turning up to the events carrying inflatable alien toys and wearing extraterrestrial themed outfits
Several people were seen turning up to the events carrying inflatable alien toys and wearing extraterrestrial themed outfits
One traveler was seen en route to Area 51 in a very festive automobile on Friday
One traveler was seen en route to Area 51 in a very festive automobile on Friday 
Several attendees wore tin foil hats as they turned out at the gates of Area 51- the facility long considered to harbor government secrets about extraterrestrial life
Several attendees wore tin foil hats as they turned out at the gates of Area 51- the facility long considered to harbor government secrets about extraterrestrial life 
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Revelers were pictured outside the military base on Friday morning with a local officer telling Associated Press that the attendees were legally entitled to be present outside the facility's gates
Revelers were pictured outside the military base on Friday morning with a local officer telling Associated Press that the attendees were legally entitled to be present outside the facility's gates
Anywhere between 5000 and 50,000 people could flock to the area in rural Nevada this weekend. Revelers are pictured on Friday morning
Anywhere between 5000 and 50,000 people could flock to the area in rural Nevada this weekend. Revelers are pictured on Friday morning
The Air Force has issued stern warnings for people not to try to enter the Nevada Test and Training Range, where Area 51 is located
The Air Force has issued stern warnings for people not to try to enter the Nevada Test and Training Range, where Area 51 is located
As temperatures plummeted in the early hours of Friday morning, police officers were seen clad in coats, masks and gloves as they kept an eye out for potential trespasser outside Area 51
As temperatures plummeted in the early hours of Friday morning, police officers were seen clad in coats, masks and gloves as they kept an eye out for potential trespasser outside Area 51
Clearly feeling festive, several people brought along blow-up alien toys to their early morning stake out of Area 51
Clearly feeling festive, several people brought along blow-up alien toys to their early morning stake out of Area 51
Eric Holt, the Lincoln County emergency manager overseeing preparations, said he believed authorities could handle 30,000 visitors at the two events in Rachel and Hiko
Eric Holt, the Lincoln County emergency manager overseeing preparations, said he believed authorities could handle 30,000 visitors at the two events in Rachel and Hiko
Police are out in force as the  'Storm Area 51' event kicks off in rural Nevada. The Air Force has issued stern warnings for people not to try to enter the Nevada Test and Training Range, where Area 51 is located
Police are out in force as the  'Storm Area 51' event kicks off in rural Nevada. The Air Force has issued stern warnings for people not to try to enter the Nevada Test and Training Range, where Area 51 is located
Locals are putting on concerts, movie screenings and talks about alien lore for revelers arriving in the area
Locals are putting on concerts, movie screenings and talks about alien lore for revelers arriving in the area
Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told Associated Press that around 1,500 people have already arrived in the area
Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told Associated Press that around 1,500 people have already arrived in the area
More than 2 million people said they were 'attending' the event when a Facebook invite went viral in June, with local officials bringing in extra enforcement for the three-day event, which commences on Friday
More than 2 million people said they were 'attending' the event when a Facebook invite went viral in June, with local officials bringing in extra enforcement for the three-day event, which commences on Friday
Visitors will be able to pick up space-themed souvenirs at the Little A'Le'Inn restaurant and gift shop (pictured)
Visitors will be able to pick up space-themed souvenirs at the Little A'Le'Inn restaurant and gift shop (pictured)
Frisky visitors will be able to have some non at the Alien Cathouse Brothel, located a short distance from Area 51
Frisky visitors will be able to have some non at the Alien Cathouse Brothel, located a short distance from Area 51 
George Harris, owner of the Alien Research Center souvenir store in Hiko, said locals are putting on concerts, movie screenings and talks about alien lore. 
Meanwhile, electronic dance music DJ and recording artist Paul Oakenfold is headlining an 'Alienstock' concert in Hiko.
The event also promises food trucks and vendors, trash and electric service, and a robust security and medical staff. 
Later on Friday, several people were seen turning up to the events carrying inflatable alien toys and wearing extraterrestrial themed outfits. 
A bus by the name of 'Mothership' transported tourists to the remote location
A bus by the name of 'Mothership' transported tourists to the remote location 
'Those who show up in shorts and flip-flops will find no protection against 'critters, snakes and scorpions,' one local stated
'Those who show up in shorts and flip-flops will find no protection against 'critters, snakes and scorpions,' one local stated
Attendees are seen setting up camp close to Area 51. Authorities are warning people to be prepared, as services such as cell phone service may go down
Attendees are seen setting up camp close to Area 51. Authorities are warning people to be prepared, as services such as cell phone service may go down 
Around 1500 people have already arrived near Area 51 - the Air Force Base long thought to harbor government secrets about alien activity
Around 1500 people have already arrived near Area 51 - the Air Force Base long thought to harbor government secrets about alien activity
A Sheriff is pictured on patrol at one of the entrances to Area 51 on Thursday
A Sheriff is pictured on patrol at one of the entrances to Area 51 on Thursday
One musician who has arrived in the area to perform told Associated Press: 'It started as a joke, but it's not a joke for us 'We know people will come out. We just don't know how many.'
Eric Holt, the Lincoln County emergency manager overseeing preparations, said he believed authorities could handle 30,000 visitors at the two events in Rachel and Hiko.
Still, neighbors braced for trouble after millions of people responded to the 'Storm Area 51' Facebook post weeks ago. 
'Those that know what to expect camping in the desert are going to have a good time,' said Joerg Arnu, a Rachel resident who can see the festival grounds from his home.
Those who show up in shorts and flip-flops will find no protection against 'critters, snakes and scorpions.'
'It will get cold at night. They're not going to find what they're looking for, and they are going to get angry,' Arnu said. 
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deputies last week arrested two Dutch tourists attracted by "Storm Area 51." The men pleaded guilty to trespassing at a secure U.S. site nowhere near Area 51 and were sentenced to three days in jail after promising to pay nearly $2,300 each in fines.
deputies last week arrested two Dutch tourists attracted by 'Storm Area 51.' The men pleaded guilty to trespassing at a secure U.S. site nowhere near Area 51 and were sentenced to three days in jail after promising to pay nearly $2,300 each in fines.
Extra police are on hand, as authorities admit they're unsure how many people will actually show up to the three-day long festivities
Extra police are on hand, as authorities admit they're unsure how many people will actually show up to the three-day long festivities 
Some cellphones didn't work Thursday in Rachel, and officials expect what service there was to eventually be overwhelmed.
The Federal Aviation Administration closed nearby airspace, although Air Force jets could be heard in the sun-drenched skies, along with an occasional sonic boom.
Sharon Wehrly, sheriff in adjacent Nye County, home to a conspicuously green establishment called the Area 51 Alien Center, said messages discouraging Earthlings from trying to find extraterrestrials in Amargosa Valley appeared to work.
She reported no arrests or incidents Thursday.
Her deputies last week arrested two Dutch tourists attracted by 'Storm Area 51.' The men pleaded guilty to trespassing at a secure U.S. site nowhere near Area 51 and were sentenced to three days in jail after promising to pay nearly $2,300 each in fines.  
Electronic dance music DJ and recording artist Paul Oakenfold is headlining an 'Alienstock' concert in Hiko. Workers are seen erecting a stage in the area
 Electronic dance music DJ and recording artist Paul Oakenfold is headlining an 'Alienstock' concert in Hiko. Workers are seen erecting a stage in the area
Law enforcement officials stand outside of the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, ready for an influx of tourists
Law enforcement officials stand outside of the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, ready for an influx of tourists 
Meanwhile, it seems the 'Storm Area 51' event has captured the imagination of the entire state of Nevada, with another Alienstock event held hundreds of miles away on Thursday night. 
Revelers in Las Vegas were seen donning outrageous space-themed costumes as they turned out to party - despite the fact they were a two-hour drive away from Area 51. 
 It's thought that several of those people may head onward to the towns of Rachel and Hiko to officially attend the 'Storm Area 51' festivities. 
Revelers in Las Vegas were seen donning outrageous space-themed costumes as they turned out to party - despite the fact they were a two-hour drive away from Area 51
Revelers in Las Vegas were seen donning outrageous space-themed costumes as they turned out to party - despite the fact they were a two-hour drive away from Area 51
The 'Storm Area 51' event has captured the imagination of the entire state of Nevada, with another Alienstock event held hundreds of miles away on Thursday night
The 'Storm Area 51' event has captured the imagination of the entire state of Nevada, with another Alienstock event held hundreds of miles away on Thursday night
Attendees at the Las Vegas Alienstock concert are seen on Thursday night
Attendees at the Las Vegas Alienstock concert are seen on Thursday night 

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