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BBC film crew was held at gunpoint at Area 51

Posted on Monday, 11 November, 2019 | Comment icon 14 comments

Area 51 is well guarded. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Jimderkaisser
Comedian Andrew Maxwell and his crew once had their own harrowing experience near the secretive facility.
The incident, which occurred back in 2012 during filming of the BBC Three show 'Conspiracy Road Trip', began when the group, having arrived at the entrance to film a segment for the show, got a bit too enthusiastic and ended up venturing into the restricted zone beyond the gate.

"To me it seemed like an ordinary military facility," said Maxwell. "But my companions were convinced this was the gateway to the extraterrestrials."

"We got a little bit overexcited, and we strayed into the restricted zone to ask where the aliens were kept. But after knocking on the guard house door, we found ourselves lying on the ground, with gun barrels pointed at our heads."

The military guards confiscated the crew's camera equipment and recordings and detained them for a full four hours for trespassing before releasing them without charge.
Such incidents are not actually that unusual - several visitors to the secretive base have been arrested and detained over the years, a testament to the level of security guarding the facility.

Back in September of this year, two Dutch YouTubers - 20-year-old Ties Granzier and 21-year-old Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep - were picked up by guards 3 miles into the restricted zone surrounding the base. Unlike Maxwell's crew however, the pair did end up being charged.

Mass arrests were also expected during the infamous 'Storm Area 51' event, also during September, however in the end relatively few people showed up and the actual 'storming' never took place.

Suffice to say, if you do venture into the restricted zone, don't expect to get very far.

Source: The Mirror | Comments (14)

Tags: Area 51

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Obviousman on 11 November, 2019, 19:58
That depends. Back in 2008 when I was still in uniform and was posted to the US on a project, the different levels of security at various bases was interesting. We were located at Eglin AFB in Florida, and to get onto the base we needed our Australian military ID, a special base pass, and a second special pass. These would be checked every time we entered the base. When I went to NAS Jacksonville (FL), my military ID was sufficient to allow entry into the base where I met an escort. Then when I went to Fort Rucker in Alabama - which is a huge US Army aviation training centre - there†was only a... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz on 11 November, 2019, 20:11
From what I know and as you said there's different levels of Security it's just plain stupid to try to breach them.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Orphalesion on 11 November, 2019, 20:29
Yeah....I don't think there's any country in the world where you are just allowed to prance around military stations...
Comment icon #8 Posted by spud the mackem on 11 November, 2019, 21:40
The U.K. has American fighters and stealth bombers at some of our military airfields , which it is wise to keep away from as they are patrolled by armed guards with dogs .† † † † † † †
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hawken on 12 November, 2019, 1:53
What did they expect. The guards to pass out free Happy Meals from McDonalds?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Robotic Jew on 12 November, 2019, 3:10
Maybe Thats because they all have aliens??
Comment icon #11 Posted by ThereWeAreThen on 12 November, 2019, 3:16
*Dramatic music*
Comment icon #12 Posted by Orphalesion on 12 November, 2019, 11:24
That's the only sensible conclusion we can draw from this *nods*
Comment icon #13 Posted by highdesert50 on 12 November, 2019, 13:28
A quick scan of the internet shows some 2500 breaches in perimeter security per year at airports in the US. Some of these were minor infringements such as forgetting an id and trying to piggy-back with a coworker to one where an individual managed to get on an aircraft and deploy a inflatable escapeway. Not so amusing when it happens to be a commercial airport that we all use. And, put in perspective, a dire concern on an airbase with military ordnance.
Comment icon #14 Posted by ThereWeAreThen on 12 November, 2019, 14:46
Wait a Papameter reading!!! 100,000% aliens in bases 120% paranormal 1.33% hoax/no aliens/no paranormal† Well folks that just about proves it. Aliens exist and the yanks are hiding them at Area 51.

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