Georgia Beacon Explosion: A Person Was Seen Leaving A Device At The Site

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ELBERTON, GA – Additional video surveillance of the recent explosion that damaged the Georgia Guidestones monument – also known as “America’s Stonehenge” – shows what authorities say was someone leaving an explosive device at the site.

The new surveillance videos were released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Thursday evening. In the video, a person approaches the now demolished monument. They briefly disappear behind the structure, then are seen running away. The video isn’t clear, but an enlarged photo of the footage shows the person carrying something.

The GBI is trying to identify the person seen in the video.

The Georgia landmark is located near Highway 7 and the South Carolina state line in Elbert County. The explosion took place around 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to investigators. A silver sedan was also seen driving away from the scene. Investigators said the monument was later demolished after one of the five vertical slabs was destroyed, weakening the structure.

The monument that some conservative Christians have called satanic was built in 1980 from local granite, commissioned by an unknown person or group under the pseudonym of RC Christian.

The 16-foot-tall (5-meter-tall) monument includes eight different languages ​​with advice for living to an “age of reason”. One part called for keeping the world’s population at 500 million or less, while another called for “guiding reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity”.

It also serves as an astronomical calendar.

Parks White, the District Attorney for the Northern Judicial Circuit, told NBC News that the explosion was an “act of domestic terrorism.”

The targeting of the historic and controversial landmark was aimed at Elbert County authorities, Parks said.

“The destruction of a public building by an explosive is inherently intended to influence the actions of the government authority owning the structure,” she told the outlet.

The person responsible faces a minimum of 20 years in prison because destroying a public historical monument is a criminal act, Parks told WSB-TV.

Investigators said they were still actively working to identify the person who left the scene after the explosion.

Anyone with information can contact the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 283-2421 or the GBI’s Athens office at (706) 552-2309. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or online.

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