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Glowing monolith removed from mountains outside Las Vegas

A strange monolith found in the rocks of a remote mountain range near Las Vegas has been torn down by authorities.

How he got there is still a mystery.

“It is not yet known how the item arrived at its location or who may be responsible,” Las Vegas police said Friday in a series of X posts announcing the removal of the 6-foot glowing prism. subway.

Its discovery the previous weekend and its quick removal due to environmental and public safety concerns revived a pandemic-era mystery that captured the public’s imagination when glowing monoliths evoking the object that appears in Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Western Odyssey” Space” began to appear all over the world.

Members of the Las Vegas police search and rescue team found the object near Gass Peak, part of the vast Desert National Wildlife Refuge, where bighorn sheep and desert tortoises can be found roaming.

It was the latest discovery in a series of mysterious columns that have emerged since at least 2020. In November of that year, a similar metal monolith was found deep in the Martian landscape of Utah’s red rock desert. Then came sightings in Romania, central California, New Mexico and the famous Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

They all disappeared as quickly as they appeared, adding to the lore.

“This thing is not out of this world,” Lt. Nick Street of the Utah Department of Public Safety said at the time.

The Utah monolith, believed to be the first in the series, was embedded in rock in an area so remote that authorities did not immediately reveal its location for fear that people would get lost or trapped trying to find it. But Internet sleuths quickly found the coordinates, and hordes of curious tourists eager to see and touch the otherworldly object descended on the site, destroying plants with their cars and leaving behind human waste in the bathroom-less outback.

Monolith photographed in Romania

Authorities said the same concerns led them to demolish the last monolith illegally installed on federal lands created to protect bighorn sheep and house rare plants and desert tortoises. The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the nation’s largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska.

Christa Weise, acting manager of the wildlife refuge, confirmed Friday that the monolith had been removed but said she could not comment on whether federal authorities had opened a criminal investigation.

The police department said the object was being kept in a secret location while authorities tried to figure out the best way to dispose of or store the massive structure made of a reflective sheet of metal shaped into a prism and secured with rebar and concrete.

Photos accompanying the department’s social media posts showed the object lying on its side after it was removed, which left a large mark in the ground because the rebar had been buried deep in the earth and rocks.

The department said it “discourages anyone from venturing onto marked trails or leaving objects and items behind.”

“This poses a danger to you and the environment,” Las Vegas police said.

In Utah, the removal of the monolith also left a hole in the red rock. The Bureau of Land Management said Friday it was still actively investigating the Utah case.

Source: CNN Brasil

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