The controversial monument, which was anonymously erected on behalf of a mysterious group, was a set of six granite slabs inscribed with a set of guidelines to ensure the conservation of humanity after a nuclear war.

Around 4am, an explosive device was detonated under the slabs, causing catastrophic damage that required the remnants to be demolished for safety, according to NBC News.

The controversial monument had been the subject of conspiracy theories and accused of being Satanist in origin by at least one state politician.

After it was built in 1980, it was deemed “America’s Stonehenge”. It was commissioned by a man using the false name “Robert C. Christian” on behalf of a group of 20 concerned citizens who believed a nuclear war was imminent.

It was inscribed in eight different languages, meant to represent the majority of humanity, which read:

1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
10. Be not a cancer on the Earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

There are currently no suspects in custody and no motive has been identified.

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