A bunch of student pranksters put Britain on alien invasion alert by building six fake flying saucers and leaving them around the countryside. The bizarre 44-year-old story is revealed in one of thousands of real-life "X Files" just released by the Ministry of Defence.
The de-classified document tells how four police forces, bomb disposal units, the Army and the Ministry of Defence intelligence branch sprang into action after the "spaceships" were found. One of the saucers was taken to the MoD's nuclear weapons nerve centre at Aldermaston to be studied by experts.
And the Army used two controlled explosions to open another of the "craft" and look inside.
The MoD sent a senior engineer from Whitehall to examine yet another of the saucers, and US air force police photographed one of the finds near RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire. The whole of southern England was placed on alert for several hours.
Then, after frantic enquiries, it emerged that the craft were built by engineering students at Farnborough Technical College in Hampshire as part of a rag day hoax.
The day Britain was put on alien invasion alert thanks to student pranksters
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