2024 Brings Aliens in Miami

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Was the Miami Mall alien encounter social media hype or a new years’ day brawl aftermath? (Image Credit: NBC)

MIAMI, FLORIDA — A large brawl involving dozens of teenagers erupted at Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami on Monday night, prompting a significant police response. However, the aftermath of the incident has taken an unexpected turn as social media users claim that the chaos was not just a result of rowdy teens but involved the presence of “8-10ft tall shadow aliens.”

Rumors began circulating on Twitter and other platforms, suggesting that the police were not there solely for crowd control but to address the alleged extraterrestrial presence. A video shared online purportedly captured moments when a large “creature” was visible in front of the shopping mall entrance, fueling speculation and conspiracies among online communities.

Despite the lack of concrete evidence, social media users flooded platforms with memes and comments on the supposed alien encounter. Even William Shatner, renowned for his role as Captain James Kirk in “Star Trek,” joined the conversation, expressing his disbelief at the notion of space aliens visiting a Miami mall.

CBS News Miami reached out to the City of Miami Police for an official comment on the conspiracy theories. Officer Michael Vega dismissed the claims, stating, “There were no aliens, UFOs, or ETs. No airports were closed, no power outages,” accompanied by a face-palm emoji.

The digital buzz surrounding the alleged alien encounter has gained momentum, with “Miami Mall” and “Aliens in Miami” trending on Twitter’s Trending tab. Google News has aggregated several news outlets covering the story, reflecting the public’s fascination with the possibility of extraterrestrial involvement.

However, a closer examination reveals that the rumors and video clips are likely linked to a New Year’s Day brawl at the Bayside Marketplace. One video circulating on social media supposedly showing an alien creature walking among squad cars and the mall area has been called into question for its low quality and unconvincing nature.

The scenes from the alleged alien appearance align with the documented events of the New Year’s Day brawl, which involved multiple fights and loud fireworks, triggering a mistaken report of an active shooter. A clearer video suggests that the supposed alien may be two to three people, likely police officers, walking near the mall.

The Miami Police Department confirmed receiving a call of shots fired during the incident but later determined that the reported sounds were from fireworks. Four individuals were detained, facing charges including burglary, grand theft, battery, and resisting an officer, with arrests connected to the assault of a man who confronted a group of teens.

While the social media hype around aliens in Miami continues, the police emphasize that the primary reason for their presence was crowd control due to juveniles refusing to leave the area. The incident adds to the ongoing discourse on extraterrestrial phenomena, a topic that has seen increased attention in recent years.

Written by Ava LeFevre

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