ROB DRAL The Standard
SCUGOG: It was a normal morning for Howard Cayer, a resident of Nestleton, as he went out to tend on some gardening next to his house, when something strange caught his eye.
Mr. Cayer noticed a large rock, awkwardly positioned in the garden. Upon further inspection, he noticed this wasn’t your average garden stone. it was a large, black rock, unlike any of the rocks in the garden, covered in golden specks.
“I was going to plant some tomatoes... and that’s how I found it,” said Mr. Cayer. His first thought turned to, 'meteorite'.
Mr. Cayer told The Standard that a strange event, a month earlier, fed the speculation. “About a month ago, I was walking the dog, and this thing went over the road...it almost looked like a firecracker leaving the sparks behind, but it didn’t make any noise,” said Mr. Cayer.
He believes, this could have been the time the alleged meteorite found it’s way into his garden.
Several attributes of the rock fit descriptions of meteorites found in the past. The black fusion crust, giving the rock a charcoal briquette look, is a common feature among meteorites. This crust forms, while falling meteoroids are super-heated, in the atmosphere. The rock is also covered in metallic flakes, and weighs much more than a rock it’s size, someone would normally find lying around.
Mr. Cayer is currently looking for anyone that may help him identify the rock. He has taken the alleged meteorite to two different locations, but individuals at these locations were not capable of knowing for sure, whether the rock was actually a meteorite or not.
If there is anyone in the community that may be able to help, please contact The Standard at, 905-985-6985, or Howard Cayer at, 905-986-1321.
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