ELBERTON, Georgia — A rural Georgia monument that some conservative Christians have criticized as satanic was bombed earlier than daybreak on Wednesday, damaging one in all 4 granite panels that some folks dubbed “America’s Stonehenge.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation mentioned the Georgia Guidestones monument close to Elberton was broken by an explosive.
Elberton Granite Affiliation Govt Vice President Chris Kubas instructed native information shops that the monument was considerably broken. Photos and drone footage present one of many 4 stone panels in rubble on the bottom.
The enigmatic roadside attraction was in-built 1980 from native granite, commissioned by an unknown particular person or group underneath the identify R.C. Christian. The 19-foot-high panels bear a 10-part message in eight totally different languages with steerage for dwelling in an “age of motive.” One half requires protecting the world inhabitants at 500 million or beneath, whereas one other calls to “information replica correctly — enhancing health and variety.”
It additionally serves as a sundial and astronomical calendar.
The roadside attraction acquired renewed consideration throughout Georgia’s Might 24 gubernatorial major when third-place Republican candidate Kandiss Taylor claimed the guidestones are satanic and made demolishing them a part of her platform.
The positioning is about 7 miles north of Elberton, close to the South Carolina state line. Granite quarrying is a high native business.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation mentioned the bomb seems to have gone off round 4 a.m., with sheriff’s deputies responding to find the harm. Some residents instructed native information shops they heard an explosion at the moment.
Elbert County sheriff’s deputies, Elberton police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been amongst businesses making an attempt to determine what occurred.
The monument had beforehand been vandalized.