A cabin owner on another lake near Badger says he has also seen a large hole and unusual ice formations similar to a mysterious crater discovered on Dawe's Lake about six kilometres away. 

Peter Butler said he was leaving his cabin on Powderhorn Lake on Sunday evening when he noticed a strange shape in the centre on the ice on the pond.


Another view of the Powderhorn Lake ice formation. (Submitted by Peter Butler)

"It does appear that something punctured the ice and caused waves to form and travel over the ice," said Butler.

Butler said the hole was circular and about 30 metres across. He said water had seeped through the hole and frozen over, covering the initial hole with a thin layer of ice, water, and small fragments of ice. Butler also noticed ripples in the ice along the edge of the hole. 

Similar to Dawe's Lake formation

Butler's sighting matched a description given Tuesday by amateur astronomer Jim Gillard of a similar formation on Dawe's Lake.

Gillard has speculated that a meteor or a piece of debris from an airplane or satellite caused the large hole on Dawe's Lake.

Like another cabin owner in that area of central Newfoundland, Butler said he heard a loud noise during the early hours of Thursday morning. At the time, he chalked it up to his dog knocking something over in his cabin and he went back to sleep. 

Earlier that night, Butler thought he saw a flash of light coming from near Powderhorn Lake, but he assumed it was a light from a snowmobile.

Meteorite doubts

Meanwhile, Gary Dymond, another amateur astronomer and the Newfoundland and Labrador representative with the Meteorite Impact Advisory Committee, said he has doubts that the formations at Dawe's Lake were caused by a meteorite.

He has studied photographs of the Dawe's Lake site and talked to people who were there, and he said there have been no signs of a meteor impact — such as small, black fragments of rock. He also checked online sources for reports of space or aircraft debris falling from the sky and has come up with nothing. 

Dymond speculated that the strange hole could have been caused by a buildup of methane gas underneath the ice, which, if it exploded, could cause a loud noise and a large hole. 

"It would be interesting to solve the mystery," said Dymond. "But I think it will stay as a mystery."

Looking for cause

Butler said he's still trying to come to terms with what he saw at Powderhorn Lake.

"You're thinking, 'Well, what was it? what caused it?'" wondered Butler. "If it was a meteor, well it's kind of scary too because I'm glad it was the pond [where it landed] and not one of the cabins."

"Regardless of what it is, I'd like to find out for peace of mind more than anything."