Video released of Georgia Guidestones explosion, remaining stones fall

Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 3:36 PM EDT
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ELBERTON, Ga. (CBS46) - A Georgia landmark was badly damaged by an explosion early Wednesday morning, according to law enforcement.

The Georgia Guidestones are located near Highway 7 and the South Carolina state line in Elbert County. The guidestones, which are known to some as the American Stonehenge, were unveiled on March 22, 1980. They served as a celestial clock of sorts and contain a written message meant for current and future generations.

The structure weighed 119 tons and contains 951 cubic feet of granite. There were four granite slabs, each weighing 42,137 pounds and standing more than 16 feet in height.

The monument was proposed by a man who used the name of R.C. Christian. However, that was not his real name and he has never been identified. The guidestones have often been associated with numerous conspiracy theories and the cult-like QAnon community. They have also been targeted by vandals over the years.

The languages represented on the four stones are Arabic, Chinese, English, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish and Swahili. The messages are related to governance, world government, population and reproduction control, the environment and nature/spirituality.

The explosion reportedly took place around 4 a.m. One of the giant slabs was destroyed. On Wednesday afternoon, the other rocks came down while crews were clearing the scene.

The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating. There have been no arrests at this time.

Republican Kandiss Taylor, who recently ran against Gov. Brian Kemp, has been outspoken in her dislike of the monument and said during her campaign that she would bring the “Satanic Regime” and demolish the guidestones.

After receiving news of the explosion on Wednesday morning, Taylor tweeted about the guidestones again and gave God credit for the explosion.

Anyone with information is asked to 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).