Military vehicles labeled "UN" have been seen on Virginia highways, inspiring conspiracy theories and causing a stir on social media.
Motorists captured images of the white trucks on June 24, and the vehicles have been the source of speculation and intrigue on social media sites like Facebook over the weekend, according to the Daily Mail.
The trucks, which appear to be Alpine Armoring's Pit-Bull VX SWAT Trucks, have "UN" printed on the side, which some have speculated to mean that the trucks belong to the United Nations. The VX has gun ports which can be opened to shoot out of, as well as an internal fan to keep out toxins from gas/chemical attacks. Its large wheels enable it to be driven easily off-road.
Jalopnik reports that the armored VX costs between $225,000 and $300,000 per vehicle. The trucks also feature a PA system to talk to those outside the vehicle, as well as remote controlled spotlights on the roof.
"Can't begin to tell you how many of these I passed today on 81 near Lexington VA. Interesting times ahead!" said Jeff Stern after posting pictures of the trucks on Facebook.
Others questioned why military trucks would be in America in the first place. "Tactical Vehicles, with bullet proof glass? Whatever could those be for, and why are UN vehicles here, in THIS country?!" asked Fernando Johnson.
Another user noted that he had also seen a convoy of the same type vehicles in Texas.
"Wondering why 30 United Nations vehicles, fully loaded with combat-prepared troops, were driving down our highway in Dallas, Texas," wrote Bobby Wayne Guinn on Facebook.
Others began to speculate that the vehicles were part of some kind of conspiracy.
"Are these U.N. troops here preparing for economic collapse in America? Is this related to Iran ships approaching the U.S. border?" asked website Liberty Is Viral. Another social media user posted a video that attempted to tie the vehicles to the "U.N. Takeover of America."