Area 51’s Neighbours Break Their Silence After 60 Years

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Residents reveal what it's like to own land next to the top secret location

The Sheahan family have owned land next to the infamous Area 51 site for 130 years but, until now, have never spoken publicly.

The family have broken their silence on what it has been like to own property near the mysterious Area 51 after rejecting a multi-million dollar offer from the US Air Force for their land.

The property includes Groom Mine, which the family have mined for silver, lead, copper, zinc and gold.

Claiming that their land has been bombed and showered with radioactive fallout, the family are demanding compensation from the Air Force and Department of Energy. The family also say that guards have held them at gunpoint.

Danny Sheahan told the Las Vegas Review Journal “it seems like machine guns solve anything on the property out there. That’s not the American way.”

Another family member, Dan Sheahan, told Las Vegas Now “First, we really didn’t want to come public, but the Air Force has forced us into it. We want ‘em to know what they have done over the last 60 years to our family is not acceptable.”

The Air Force is reportedly threatening to make a compulsory purchase of the land if the family does not agree to their US$3.4 million offer.

In a statement, the Nellis Air Force Base said the action was necessary because “the property’s location inside the NTTR (Nevada Test And Training Range) and the increasing security demands have made it impossible for the Air Force to test and train securely and safely while civilians are present.”

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