The Georgia Guidestones monument, which the state refers to as “America’s Stonehenge,” is the subject of an investigation by the Georgia police force after an explosion that occurred on Wednesday that destroyed a large portion, according to Fox News.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the explosion that occurred in the early morning hours in the northern part of Elbert County “destroyed a large portion of the structure.”
“The preliminary information indicates that unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6th,” the agency said in a statement.
According to Fox5 Atlanta, one of the law enforcement organizations that is investigating is the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, and a bomb squad has been sent to the location where the incident took place.
“Known as America’s Stonehenge, this 19-foot-high monument displays a 10-part message espousing the conservation of mankind and future generations in 12 languages,” according to a description on the state of Georgia’s tourism website.
The location is about 7 miles to the north of Elberton, close to the state boundary with South Carolina. Quarrying of granite is one of the most important local industries.
“The Guidestones also serve as an astronomical calendar, and every day at noon the sun shines through a narrow hole in the structure and illuminates the day’s date on an engraving,” the tourism website also said.
“The names of four ancient languages are inscribed on the sides near the top: Babylonian cuneiform, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian Hieroglyphics”, it added. The origins of the Guidestones are shrouded in secrecy since it is unknown who among a handful of sponsors was responsible for providing its specifications.
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