July 6, 2022 Fox Atlanta Digital Team
ELBERT COUNTY, Ga. – Law enforcement is investigating a reported explosion near a northeast Georgia landmark.
The Georgia Guidestones, a granite attraction in Elbert County, are located off of Guidestone Road just east of Ga. Highway 77. Elberton Granite Association Executive VP Chris Kubas said drone footage showed the monument was significantly damaged.
Social media posts indicated people heard a loud boom near the site on Wednesday morning. It’s still unclear if authorities have identified a suspect in the incident.
The origin of the monument is ambiguous. They were allegedly commissioned by a person under the name R.C. Christian, established in 1980 and have become a roadside attraction for travelers. It’s sometimes referred to as “America’s Stonehenge” for its unknown origins.
The monument is 19 feet high. It serves as a calendar and is inscribed with a 10-part message in 8 different languages. The messages are “guidelines” to humanity, that people have suggested are a “cult message.”
The English portion of the inscription reads:
“Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
Elberton colloquially known as “the Granite Capital of the World.”