Georgia Guidestones Destroyed Following an Early Morning Explosion

The Georgia Guidestones was demolished on Wednesday night after an explosion that occurred earlier in the day, which destroyed part of the monument.

The monolith panels — located 90 miles east of Atlanta — were vandalized by an explosion around 4: 00 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to investigators, per 11 Alive. Authorities arrived at the scene to find that a large part of the structure had been destroyed. The GBI later announced that the crews had destroyed the remainder of the structure “for safety reasons .”

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(2/3) These videos depict the explosion, and the car that left the site shortly afterwards. Nobody was hurt. pic.twitter.com/8YNmEML9fW

— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) July 6, 2022

(3/3) The structure was completely destroyed for safety. pic.twitter.com/hrpqN2Sphr

— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) July 6, 2022

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), also released surveillance video of a vehicle departing the scene shortly after the blast.

The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, who initially responded to the scene, requested the GBI’s assistance in the investigation, 11 Alive noted.

No arrests have been made or people are being sought for their involvement in the explosion.

The monument was erected in 1980, built from local granite, by an unknown individual or group who went by the pseudonym “R.C. Christian,” the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Different reports vary as to how tall the stones stand, although Christopher Kubas, Executive Vice President of the Elberton Granite Association, said they did stand at “16 feet and 4 inches tall,” WYFF 4 reported. Kubas noted they “weighed about 42,000 pounds each.”

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The Guidestones were a collection of instructional writings which appeared to promote population control and eugenics as well as global governance. Eight languages were also included in the stones.

Examples of writings that were on the stones include, “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature,” “Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity,” and “Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court,” according to Smithsonian.com.

While some referred the former stones to as “America’s Stonehenge”, others viewed them as “Satanic,” as the AP pointed out.

The stones were vandalized in the past, with graffiti over time, WYFF4 reported.

The outlet noted that people as far as five miles away were also startled at the blast in the early morning hours. Some people thought they heard thunder .”

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As footage of the stones being torn down by crews circulated on social media, users expressed approval for the stone’s flattening.

Conservative social media influencer Ian Miles Cheong tweeted a video of the Guidestones being demolished, saying, “You love to see it.”

You love it. pic.twitter.com/oCFgyBpWON

— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 6, 2022

Former gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor tweeted Wednesday morning, “God is God all by Himself. He is capable of doing anything he wants. That includes striking down Satanic Guidestones.” Taylor, who placed third in the Republican primary, made “demolishing” the stones a part of her campaign platform.

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