RACHEL, NEVADA - JULY 22: A warning sign is posted at the back gate at the top-secret military installation at the Nevada Test and Training Range known as Area 51 on July 22, 2019 near Rachel, Nevada. A Facebook event entitled, "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," which the author stated was meant as a joke, calls for people to storm the highly classified U.S. Air Force facility on September 20, 2019, to address a conspiracy theory that the U.S. government is conducting tests with space aliens. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
This sign outside Area 51 warns of stiff penalties for intruders (Image: Getty)

A Dutch Youtuber and his friend have been arrested outside the top-secret military facility Area 51 in Nevada.

Cops picked up Ties Granzier, 20, and Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, who are accused of trespassing in the highly restricted security zone.

It’s not known whether the YouTube star was inspired by a Facebook event called ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’ due to take place on September 20.

Millions of people signed up to this event and pledged to break into the research base to ‘see them aliens’.

But the plan was cancelled and replaced with a festival called Alienstock – which has also now been called off as well.

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office alleged the pair had driven roughly three miles into Area 51 at the time of their arrest.

This image was released by the Nevada cops
This image of the YouTuber and his friend was released by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office

Granzier is said to have told cops he was a YouTuber. Officers claimed they searched the car and said they found cameras and drone, as well as footage captured in Area 51.

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Both the men were subsequently put into the Nye County Detention Center.

Granzier has more than 730,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel.

The Storm Area 51 event started as a joke Facebook post and quickly grew to a point where over two million people said they would attend.

It was rebranded as Alienstock and an event was scheduled to go ahead deep in rural Lincoln County, Nevada. But the creators have pulled the plug, citing concerns over safety, infrastructure and lack of organisation.

Instead, organisers want everyone to go to an event on September 19 in downtown Las Vegas instead.

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