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Area 51 Mania: Naruto runner becomes viral sensation

Posted at 11:05 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 02:32:41-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — It's the viral sensation that has sent the internet buzzing.

Thursday, 13 Action News reporter Joe Bartels was trending nationwide after he was photobombed by a "Storm Area 51" attendee doing a Naruto run during his live report in Rachel, Nev.

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The video was shared thousands of times since it was posted and reached more than 1.5 million views.

Elia Elixir helped Bartels break the internet as he was visiting the area from California.

"I've been to this area before; I was practicing my Naruto Run. We packed up the car and wanted to catch some aliens," Elixir said.

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With spotty cell phone service in the area, many festival-goers haven't had a chance to see the viral post.

However, Bartels has seen the reach of the post and says this is another example of social media, and how fast things can spread.