VIDEO: Mysterious Georgia Guidestones Explode Overnight

On the east coast of the United States, tucked away in a humid corner of the southeast, stood a monument like no other in the world…at least until this week, that is.

The so-called “Georgia Guidestones” have been a part of conspiracy theory lore for some time now, having been erected mysteriously near the city of Elberton years ago.  The monument, which resembled Stonehenge, also had emblazoned upon it a number of controversial rules for civilization – including a commandment that would drastically reduce the world’s population.

In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, the monument exploded. 

The controversial Georgia Guidestones monument was rocked by a mysterious blast that reduced one of its sizeable stone slabs to rubble and left remaining portions of the piece badly damaged. The shocking incident reportedly first came to light when residents living near the site in the city of Elberton reported a worrisome rumble which swept across the area early this morning. At daybreak, it soon became apparent that the commotion had emanated from the location of the Georgia Guidestones and authorities quickly descended upon the scene to discover that the monument had been the target of a rather powerful attack.

Foul play was suspected.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, their preliminary assessment of the situation suggests that “unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at around 4:00 AM on Wednesday.” While the full extent of the damage is difficult to determine at this time, since police have cordoned off the site as they investigate the incident, pictures from people who live near the location as well as helicopter footage from a local TV station (seen above) show an enormous pile of rubble where one of the monument’s five 19-foot-tall stone slabs had once stood. There are also early indications that another pillar may have been badly damaged and the stability of the entire structure could be threatened due to the blast.

The damage can be seen on the video below:

After the incident, heavy equipment was brought in to demolish the remainder of the monument for safety.

The explosion itself appears to have been captured on surveillance cameras.