Odd Observatory Closure Sparks Conspiracy Theories

An evacuation and subsequent shut down at the National Solar Observatory  in New Mexico has left area residents scratching their heads and  conspiracy theorists offering some truly fantastic suggestions for why  it happened. The strangeness reportedly started last Thursday when the facility, which is located in the town  of Sunspot, as well as a nearby post office were inexplicably closed  citing unspecified safety concerns. Since then, some intriguing details  about the closure have begun to emerge and they have raised more  questions than answers.

Specifically, a local sheriff revealed that, for reasons unexplained, the FBI are somehow involved in the matter and their arrival at the site was rather odd. According  to sheriff Benny House, the agency swiftly swooped in to evacuate and  lock down the observatory as he and his colleagues watched in confusion.  He recalled that "there was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people  around antennas and work crews on towers, but nobody would tell us  anything." Asked to be there to help with the evacuation, House and his  colleagues eventually realized that they weren't really needed and so  they left the scene.

However, he observed that, at the time, there appeared to be no  immediate threat and a statement from the postal service suggests that  the closure wasn't exactly sudden as employees at the office which was  also closed were informed of the decision on the previous day.  Meanwhile, the company that manages the observatory has been pretty  cagey about the entire affair, refusing to say what the security issue  is or even that the FBI is involved.

Learn more about this baffling story at the Coast to Coast AM website.

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