Explosion at Historic Georgia Guidestones Prompts Bomb Team Response

An explosive device is suspected to have been used to cause part of the 19-foot-high Georgia Guidestones granite monument in Elberton to crumble on Wednesday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

"The preliminary information indicates that unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6th," the GBI said in a statement. "Elbert County Sheriff's Office personnel responded to discover the explosion destroyed a large portion of the structure."

The monument, often referred to as the "American Stonehenge," is made up of several rock slabs that are astronomically aligned and inscribed in eight languages that depict messages that have prompted many conspiracy theories. One part calls for keeping the world population at 500 million or below, while another message calls people to "guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity."

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Authorities are investigating after part of the Georgia Guidestones monument was reportedly blown up early Wednesday morning. Jon Thompson/Getty

Elberton police and the GBI are continuing to investigate the incident, and have asked that anyone with information contact the Elbert County Sheriff's Office at (706) 283-2421 or the GBI Athens Office at (706) 552-2309. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

The partial destruction of the monument was met with some praise on Twitter from those who believe that the Guidestones are satanic.

Kandiss Taylor, a Republican who ran in Georgia's gubernatorial primary against incumbent Brian Kemp, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "God is God all by Himself. He can do ANYTHING He wants to do. That includes striking down Satanic Guidestones."

Taylor used the monument in her campaign, fighting to tear it down. In a tweet in May, Taylor wrote: "I am the ONLY candidate bold enough to stand up to the Luciferian Cabal. Elect me Governor of Georgia, and I will bring the Satanic Regime to its knees—and DEMOLISH the Georgia Guidestones."

Another Twitter user posted on Wednesday: "Reports are saying it was an earthquake, but be not deceived- this is a sign from God intervening on our behalf. Down with the Globalists and the New World Order."

One shared drone footage of the monument and wrote: "Whoever did this, bless you."

This is not the first incident in which the monument has been "attacked." It was vandalized in 2019 when a man carved "WWG1WGA," an acronym used to identify QAnon supporters, into a rock. The rocks have also been vandalized with spray paint over the years, as several tweets show pictures of the monument with messages written in red paint across it.

The monument was erected in 1980 after a man who went by R.C. Christian proposed a gigantic granite monument inscribed with "wisdom for the ages," according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia. To this day, Christian's real name and organization are unknown. He built the Guidestones in Elbert County and said that he hoped other "conservation-minded groups" in the U.S. would build more.

Newsweek reached out to the GBI for comment.

Update 7/6/2022, 2:46 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information.