Glowing monolith removed from the mountains outside Las Vegas. How it got there remains a mystery

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A strange monolith found protruding from rocks In a remote mountain range near Las Vegas was dismantled by authorities.

How he got there remains a mystery.

“It remains unclear how the object got to its location or who may be responsible,” Las Vegas police said Friday in a series of posts on X announcing the removal of the 6-foot-4 glittering prism.

Its discovery over the weekend and rapid removal due to public safety and environmental concerns reignited a pandemic-era mystery that captured the public imagination when similar objects began appearing in the world.

Members of the police department’s search and rescue team found the object near Gass Peak, part of the sprawling Desert National Wildlife Refuge where bighorn sheep and desert tortoises roam.

It was the last of a series of mysterious glowing columns popping up around the world since at least 2020.

In November of the same year, a similar metal monolith It was discovered deep in the Martian landscape of Utah’s red rock desert. Then came sightings in Romania, central California, New Mexico and on the famous Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

The otherworldly structures evoke the object that appears in Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” All so quickly disappeared as they appeared.

The Utah monolith, believed to be the first in the series, had been embedded in rock in an area so isolated that authorities did not immediately reveal its location for fear that people would get lost or found stuck trying to find him.

Authorities said the same concerns led them to demolish the last monolith Thursday afternoon.

It was illegally settled on federal land created to protect bighorn sheep and is home to rare plants and desert tortoises. The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska and can cover twice the state of Rhode Island.

Christa Weise, interim director of the wildlife refuge, confirmed Friday that the monolith had been removed, but said she could not say whether federal authorities had opened a criminal investigation.

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

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

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

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

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