Military says sorry for Area 51 bomb threat
THE US military has apologised for threatening to deploy a stealth bomber against millennials planning to "storm" the Area 51 base in the Nevada desert.
Over the weekend, an estimated 150 people descended on the secret test base, about two hours' drive from Las Vegas, which has long been a magnet for UFO enthusiasts convinced that it houses aliens.
The US did not confirm its existence officially until 2013.
Thousands of people had been expected after a Facebook page called "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" became a viral sensation.
On Friday, fearing an invasion, the Defence Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) - the US military public relations arm - posted a picture of service personnel beside a B-2 stealth bomber, with the caption: "The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
After the feared onslaught turned out to be a trickle of cheerful eccentrics in fancy dress, DVIDS deleted the tweet and posted another making clear that Friday's message "in NO WAY supports the stance of the Department of Defence".
"It was inappropriate and we apologise for this mistake," the tweet added. (© Daily Telegraph, London)