It’s only February – January when this story came out – and we may already be reaching Peak 2019. This headline, which as far as I can tell is real, reads like a perfect cold open for a particularly engaging sci-fi series:
Man holding mysterious ‘cylindrical object’ shot dead by police after car chase at secret nuclear test site
A man who approached police holding a mysterious “cylindrical object” has been shot dead following a car chase through a top secret nuclear test site.
The unnamed man burst past a security checkpoint at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, late on Monday afternoon, prompting private security contractors and local police to give chase.
The pursuit lasted around eight miles, the Department of Energy said in a statement, before the man pulled over, got out of the car, and approached the officers while holding a “cylindrical object”.
After failing to listen to police orders, he was shot and died at the scene.
Of course, this story would not be complete without a reference to Area 51:
The NNSS is located around 30 miles west of the far more notorious site, Area 51 – a remote military testing facility subject to countless UFO-based conspiracy theories.
I’m telling you, I have a bad feeling about Nevada.