A mysterious granite monument destroyed in the middle of the night in the southern United States

A mysterious granite monument destroyed in the middle of the night in the southern É United States


Authorities in the US state of Georgia were looking for those responsible for the explosion on Thursday, which the day before partially destroyed a strange granite monument engraved with esoteric inscriptions in twelve languages, considered “satanic” by some conservative Christians. 

These six blocks of stone were raised in 1980 in this rural region of the southern United States, at the request of an anonymous sponsor and in puzzling circumstances .

Dubbed without irony the “American Stonehenge”, the monument attracted many tourists and curious people. But he had also become the target of conspiracy theories.

On the stone, inscriptions calling for “seeking harmony with infinity” or to “unite humanity with a new living language” rubbed shoulders with others inviting in particular to “maintain humanity at less than 500,000,000 individuals, in permanent balance with nature”.

On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, “unknown individuals set off an explosive,” said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), in charge of investigations, on Twitter.

Video images – Surveillance released by authorities shows the granite boulders partially exploding in the bluish light of car headlights. No one was injured.

Investigators then found that the explosion had destroyed “a large part of the structure”, which was finally completely destroyed “for security reasons”, the agency said, posting images of a vehicle leaving the site.

Located in the middle of the fields, the monument, named “Georgia Guidestones”, was highlighted by the state tourist office, which explained on its website that the monument of six meters high was “also an astronomical calendar”.

It was located near the small town of Elberton, which calls itself “the granite capital of the world”.

Kandiss Taylor, an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primary for the post of governor of Georgia in May, welcomed the destruction of this “satanic” monument on Wednesday.

Alex Jones, figure of the far-right conspiracy who had repeatedly denounced the existence of this “evil building”, nevertheless regretted its destruction on Wednesday, claiming that his presence was useful in proving the existence of a conspiracy to “limit the world's population”.