A Georgia monument known as the Georgia Guidestones that was erected in 1979 in Elberton County, Georgia, dubbed as “America’s Stonehenge” for its mysterious origins and prophetic etchings was partially destroyed on Wednesday morning in an explosion that led to its demolition.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a preliminary investigation revealed that “unknown individuals detonated an explosive device” around 4 a.m. Wednesday that destroyed the Georgia Guidestones monument. The monument was later demolished “for safety reasons,” leaving a pile of wreckage.
Just after 4 a.m., a strong explosion was captured on surveillance video shattering one panel. The video of a silver sedan departing the monument was also made public by the investigators. It was posted by the agency on Twitter.
Chris Kubas, executive vice president of the Elbert Granite Association, after previous vandalism, video cameras stationed at the location were connected to the county’s emergency dispatch center.
The mysterious roadside attraction was constructed in 1980 using local granite at the request of an unidentified person or organization going by the alias R.C. Christian. The 240,000-pound granite slabs were known informally as Georgia Guidestones. The mysterious granite stones measure 19 feet in length. There were 10 guides inscribed in 8 languages or living in an “age of reason.”
The idea behind “America’s Stonehenge” was to keep the human population below 500 million in order to maintain a steady equilibrium with the natural world. For more than 40 years, they were visible in the area around Elberton before the explosion.
Katie McCarthy, who researches conspiracy theories for the Anti-Defamation League said, “That’s given the guidestones a sort of shroud of mystery around them because the identity and intent of the individuals who commissioned them is unknown, and so that has helped over the years to fuel a lot of speculation and conspiracy theories about the guidestones’ true intent.”
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