Georgia Guidestones 'completely demolished' after explosion left monument damaged

Georgia Guidestones 'completely demolished' after explosion left monument damaged

Georgia Guidestones 'completely demolished' after explosion left monument damaged


A rural monument that was damaged in an intentional bombing this week has now been demolished over safety concerns, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced.


State officials also released surveillance video in the search for those responsible for setting off the explosion Wednesday morning at the Georgia Guidestones monument.


Erected in 1980, the massive granite monument stood 7 miles north of Elberton, near the South Carolina state line.


"For safety reasons, the structure has been completely demolished," the investigations bureau posted on Twitter while releasing videos showing the powerful blast and what appears to be a four-door silver car at he scene. 


Elbert County Sheriff’s Office deputies who responded to the scene found the explosion destroyed a large part of the monument, the bureau reported.


According to investigators, officials determined someone detonated an explosive device at the monument. They have not elaborated on what type of device it was, but pictures and drone footage show one of the four stone panels in rubble.


No one was injured.


As of Thursday, a motive in the bombing had not been released, and state and local authorities were still searching for a suspect in the case.


Before its demise this week, the 19-foot-high monument, commissioned by an unknown person or group under the name R.C. Christian, featured messages about world peace and population control in multiple languages.


The attraction received renewed attention and a lengthy shoutout on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver when Kandiss Taylor, a Republican candidate for governor, claimed the Guidestones are satanic and made demolishing them part of her platform.


She placed third in the state's May 24 primary, receiving just 3.4% of votes.


"If anyone says that I do not believe in law and order and that I would support demolish something or vandalize something, they are a liar," Taylor said in a nearly five-minute video posted to Rumble. "Do not associate me with anything that is not legal."


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Also on Thursday, Northern Circuit District Attorney Parks White said he intends to prosecute whomever bombed the monument – an act he described as "domestic terrorism."


"The power of this device they detonated was enormous," White said.


White also said that using the "massive explosive device" was a criminal act which placed people in danger of serious injury.


"The Guidestones are officially owned by the governing authority of Elbert County, and any structure open to the public and owned by a subdivision of the state is considered a public building," White said, adding a conviction carries a minimum of 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole.


GBI Agent Jesse Maddox said Thursday that agents are continuing to examine all leads from the public.


Anyone with information about the case is asked contact the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office or the GBI Athens Office.


Alund, N. U. N. T. (2022, July 7). Georgia Guidestones “completely demolished” after explosion left monument damaged. USA TODAY.

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