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Georgia Guidestones destroyed in bomb blast

By T.K. Randall
July 10, 2022 · Comment icon 59 comments

The Georgia Guidestones in their heyday. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Quentin Melson
The mysterious Stonehenge-like structure was blown up by an unknown attacker and then dismantled by authorities.
Originally constructed in 1980 at a cost of $100,000, the stones are often referred to as the "American Stonehenge" and are thought to serve as some form of foundational reference intended for the survivors of an unspecified apocalyptic event at some point in the future.

The man who commissioned the structure was known only by a pseudonym - Robert C. Christian - who claimed to represent "a small group of loyal Americans".

Over the years, however, some people came to perceive the stones as 'Satanic' in nature, prompting anonymous individuals to vandalize and deface them.

This contempt for the stones seemingly came to a head last week when someone planted a bomb and blew the structure to smithereens.
Local authorities later dismantled what remained of the stones "for safety reasons".

As things stand, nobody has been able to identify who the perpetrator was or their precise motives, however investigations into the attack remain ongoing.

Ultimately, it's a sad end for one of America's most enigmatic and enduring modern mysteries.

Source: IFL Science | Comments (59)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #50 Posted by stereologist 8 months ago
They used a fairly powerful bomb which I doubt they built on site.†
Comment icon #51 Posted by Portre 8 months ago
Yes, I disagree with traitors who take up arms against the United States and I don't think it appropriate to honor insurrectionists (it's the same reason you don't find statues of Hitler anywhere in Germany).
Comment icon #52 Posted by Portre 8 months ago
American jihadist
Comment icon #53 Posted by the13bats 8 months ago
I dont need it, i believe you, i dont even like lighting sparklers on the 4th. † A bit ironic since the story went it was supose to survive some cataclysm or apocalypse. So, hows the go fund me to rebuild it going for the granite company?
Comment icon #54 Posted by Manwon Lender 8 months ago
I understand my friend, sorry for bring it up.†
Comment icon #55 Posted by the13bats 8 months ago
Its all good, no worries.
Comment icon #56 Posted by darkmoonlady 8 months ago
I have to say I find it all pretty funny. The John Oliver piece on the Guidestones accidentally found out who was behind erecting them. Wasn't a great guy with solid motives. But it doesn't matter. They were so weird and polarizing to so many different groups and conspiracy theorists that it just to me is entertaining. They weren't ancient, they were put up in 1980. And part of me is almost sure that they'll be crowdfunded and put up again somewhere else. Like a weird, confusing, nonsense version of the monolith in 2001. So future generations of people can think they're satanic, new world orde... [More]
Comment icon #57 Posted by Nobu 8 months ago
Just to play devils advocateÖ but shouldnít stones that guide us after a social cataclysm be able to withstand a social cataclysm? † mayne the owner was just running a test on them. Failed.
Comment icon #58 Posted by stereologist 8 months ago
It's a monument built by someone who did not involve public money. Yet there are scum that want to destroy it because it does not match their beliefs. Seems like these people are no different than ISIS. They are just home grown ignorant terrorists,
Comment icon #59 Posted by Michelle 8 months ago
Some guys just get a kick out of destroying anything whether it's graffiti, breaking windows or knocking over tombstones.

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