A mysterious granite monument destroyed in the dead of night in the southern United States

Authorities in the US state of Georgia on Thursday searched for those responsible for the explosion that the previous day partially destroyed a strange granite monument engraved with esoteric inscriptions in 12 languages, which some conservative Christians considered “satanic”.

These six blocks of stone were erected in this rural region of southern United States in 1980 at the request of an anonymous sponsor and under mysterious circumstances.

Nicknamed the “American Stonehenge” without irony, the monument attracted many tourists and the curious. But he had also become the target of conspiracy theories.


A mysterious granite monument destroyed in the dead of night in the southern United States

On the stone were inscriptions calling to “seek harmony with infinity” or “to unite mankind with a new living language,” with others calling specifically for “humanity within 500,000,000 individuals in enduring balance with nature”.

In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, “unknown persons detonated an explosive,” said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), which is responsible for investigations, on Twitter.

CCTV footage released by the authorities shows the granite boulders partially exploding in the bluish glow of car headlights. Nobody was hurt.


A mysterious granite monument destroyed in the dead of night in the southern United States

Investigators then found that the blast had destroyed “a large portion of the structure” which was eventually completely destroyed “for safety reasons,” the agency said, releasing images of a vehicle exiting the site.

Set amidst the fields, the monument dubbed the “Georgia Guidestones” was highlighted by the state tourist board, which stated on its website that the six-meter-tall monument “is also an astronomical calendar.”

It was near the small town of Elberton, which bills itself as “the granite capital of the world.”

Kandiss Taylor, the unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primary for Georgia governor in May, hailed the destruction of this “satanic” monument on Wednesday.

Alex Jones, a far-right conspiracy figure who has repeatedly denounced the existence of this “evil building,” nonetheless lamented its destruction on Wednesday, saying its presence was useful in proving the existence of a conspiracy to limit world population.

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