Georgia Guidestones explosion: Officials release video, destroy remaining portion over 'safety concerns'

Georgia Guidestones hit with 'explosive device,' investigators say

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released surveillance video in the search for those responsible for setting off an explosion at the Georgia Guidestones monument, which they now say has been completely demolished over "safety concerns." 

The 19-foot-high granite tourist attraction in Elberton — which the state says is known as "America's Stonehenge" — was damaged early Wednesday after "unknown individuals detonated an explosive device," according to the agency. 

"For safety reasons, the structure has been completely demolished," the Georgia Bureau of Investigation later said while releasing the videos which show the blast and a silver car fleeing the scene. 

Georgia’s tourism website says the monument "displays a 10-part message espousing the conservation of mankind and future generations in 12 languages." 

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The remaining standing portion of the Georgia Guidestones monument has been destroyed over "safety concerns," officials say.

The remaining standing portion of the Georgia Guidestones monument has been destroyed over "safety concerns," officials say.

"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," it added. 

The attraction gained renewed attention in May when Kandiss Taylor, a Republican candidate for governor, claimed the stones were satanic and included destroying them as part of her platform, according to the Associated Press.  

Law enforcement officials walk around the damaged Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton, Ga., on Wednesday, July 6.

Law enforcement officials walk around the damaged Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton, Ga., on Wednesday, July 6. (Rose Scoggins/The Elberton Star via AP)

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"God is God all by Himself. He can do ANYTHING He wants to do. That includes striking down Satanic Guidestones," Taylor tweeted Wednesday. 

Police tape blocks off the damaged Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton, Ga., on Wednesday, July 6.

Police tape blocks off the damaged Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton, Ga., on Wednesday, July 6. (Rose Scoggins/The Elberton Star via AP)

As of Thursday, the motive behind the explosion – and who is responsible for the damage – was not immediately clear.