BBC film crew breaks into Area 51, gets held at gunpoint

A British film crew making a documentary on Area 51 had the bold idea to break into the highly restricted government area. It didn't end well for them.

Huffington Post has a great story about how a BBC film crew was detained at gun point while foolishly trying to explore Area 51 in Nevada. "Son, we could make you disappear and your body will never be found," was one of the exceptionally dramatic threats made to the crew along with, "If any of you had kept going, we would have shot you."

The show called, Conspiracy Road Trip: UFOs with a crew of 11 folks, tried to cross the DO NOT ENTER sign on May 14th. Presumably hoping to catch a glimpse of the secret spy planes that are rumored to be constructed and tested in the Nevada desert.

The closer they ventured into the Air Force base the closer they got to trouble. A local Lincoln Country sheriff revealed that the crew was being watched the entire time.

UFO investigator Darren Perks, who was a part of the crew, explains their encounter:

"We walked onto the base in plain view, and in so doing, we breached the security gate," Perks said. "We went past the boundaries by at least 200 yards, and after another 30 minutes of filming, one of the cameramen went over and knocked on the door [where the security guards were].

"Eight guards wearing combat fatigues immediately came out with their assault rifles and they grabbed us, forced us to the ground and we were all made to lie facedown in a row on the tarmac with a gun at our back."

The drama continued as their film equipment, microphones, wallets and phones were seized, and Perks adamantly states that they were all lying there next to each other "on the ground for a solid three hours, and they stood there with the guns at our backs the whole time until the sheriff came."

Yep, sounds about right. The local sheriff denies the whole thing took that long. Minus the stuff the government wiped, you can watch bits of it right here, since the whole episode has been released onto the internet.

[via Giant Freaking Robot]