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RACHEL, Nev. – Within the early morning dark in the Nevada desert Friday, considered one of about 100 folks visiting the doorway gate to Space 51 landed in handcuffs.

“We arrested one man for indecent publicity out of Canada on the gate,” Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee advised the USA TODAY Community.

The person, the sheriff mentioned, urinated close to the gate.

Authorities detained a lady for “investigative functions,” however – all in all – the “storming” of Space 51 turned out to be a manageable affair.

‘It’s not as unhealthy as we thought’

“It’s a aid that it’s not as unhealthy as we thought it was going to be,” Lee mentioned.

The sheriff of rural Lincoln County has spent the previous eight weeks navigating a battle with the unknown – the presiding pressure driving hundreds of individuals to Nevada for occasions tied to the viral “Storm Space 51” Fb occasion supposed as a middle-of-the-night joke that rapidly developed right into a spectacle that captured the eye of seekers everywhere in the nation.

Within the tiny city of Rachel, a city of about 50, Alienstock on Friday night time is predicted to attract as many as 2,500 folks – a quantity a lot decrease than what authorities anticipated.

“My nightmare was the 30,00zero folks,” Lee mentioned. “I actually thought we had been going to have bumper to bumper.”

Not a lot occurs on the ‘UFO Capital of the World’

The self-proclaimed “UFO Capital of the World,” Rachel is on State Route 375, dubbed in 1996 the “Extraterrestrial Freeway.”  

Rachel is the closest habitation to Space 51 – a army facility inside a labeled check and coaching vary that evokes conspiracy theories.

On a traditional day, what occurs alongside the freeway that cuts by way of Rachel isn’t any thriller: Not a lot.

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“There’s instances at night time you possibly can take this highway nearly all the way in which to Tonopah and by no means cross a car,” Lee mentioned.  Thursday, when Alienstock kicked off, that modified. “It was regular automobiles one after the opposite after the opposite yesterday and final night time.”

Even so – with greater than 100 regulation enforcement officers patrolling the competition – Sheriff Lee is discovering it simpler to overlook his nightmare.

He’s optimistic the spectacle will dissolve come Saturday.

“Hopefully,” Lee mentioned, “folks will begin migrating again up.”  

Comply with Ed Komenda on Twitter: @ejkomenda


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