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2 people detained after attempting to storm Area 51

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Posted at 10:12 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 13:12:32-04

At least two people were detained by local sheriff's deputies at a gate to Area 51 in Nevada after an estimated 75 people gathered at the site early Friday.

A weekend gathering is happening in the desert after an internet hoax posted in June invited people to "storm" the once-secret military installation. The place is the focus of popular lore about government studies of extraterrestrial life and space aliens.

It wasn't immediately clear if a woman who began ducking under a gate and a man who urinated nearby were arrested after the crowd gathered about 3 a.m.

An Associated Press photographer saw both escorted away by deputies. A sheriff's dispatcher declined to comment.

Sheriff Kerry Lee was scheduled to speak to the media later in the morning.