Part of a mysterious Georgia monument was destroyed overnight, leading to an active police investigation in Elberton, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
A Channel 2 Action News viewer shared photos of the Georgia Guidestones in which a part of the monument appears to have crumbled. Elberton police and the GBI are investigating how the monument was destroyed.
In a statement from the GBI, it said:
“The preliminary information indicates that unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6th. Elbert County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to discover the explosion destroyed a large portion of the structure.”
GDOT has closed down roads in the area as local and state police investigate.
The 19-foot-tall granite monument, which is sometimes referred to as an “American Stonehenge,” was erected in 1980 in Elbert County. The rock slabs that make up the monument are inscribed in eight modern languages and are astronomically aligned.
The people who funded the statue have never been publicly identified. The messages inscribed on the stones seem to advocate for population control, harmony with nature and internationalism, which has made them the object of conspiracy theories.
It’s unclear if the monument was targeted in an attack or if it was somehow damaged by natural causes.