Area 51 festival wraps up in Nevada; Earthlings head home

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RACHEL, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 20: Women are dressed as aliens at a ‘Storm Area 51’ spinoff event called ‘Alienstock’ on September 20, 2019 in Rachel, Nevada. The event is a spinoff from the original ‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook event which jokingly encouraged participants to charge the famously secretive Area 51 military base in order to […]

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HIKO, Nev. — Festivals are over and Earthlings are heading home from the Nevada desert, where people from around the globe took selfies — but didn’t actually “storm” — a remote U.S. military base long the focus of UFO and space alien lore.

They left in peace. Authorities reported no overnight incidents at Area 51 base gates and no arrests or disturbances after an “Alienstock” festival ended at the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel.

Emergency services chief Eric Holt says there was one drug-related medical call before dawn.

Estimates are the “Alienstock” gathering peaked at about 3,000 people on Friday, drawn by an internet invitation to “see them aliens.”

Officials say more than 1,000 people made a dusty pilgrimage to the military base gates since Thursday. Six were arrested on misdemeanor charges.

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