Authorities have launched an investigation after the Georgia Guidestones monument in Elberton, Georgia, was partially destroyed in an explosion early on July 6.
“The preliminary information indicates that unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6th,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a press release via Twitter.
The monument was erected in 1980 and comprised several granite monoliths with a “10-part message espousing the conservation of mankind and future generations in 12 languages,” according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. It is also an astronomical calendar.
The Georgia Guidestones have been the subject of conspiracy theories, and have most recently been targeted by fringe Georgia gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor, who alleges the monument is tied to a “Luciferian Cabal.” Taylor pledged to “demolish” the monument as a major part of her campaign platform, and on July 6 tweeted that “God” was responsible for “striking down the Satanic Guidestones.”
This video filmed by Michael A Weis on Wednesday morning shows the damaged monument. Credit: Michael A Weis via Storyful