We’re not in Siberia anymore, Toto. A mysterious, deep and perfectly round hole was discovered by a mother and son out for a walk in Tonopah, Arizona. Before you could say, “Did you see that mysterious, deep and perfectly round hole that woman in Arizona posted on Facebook?”, a government agency quickly filled it for unexplained “safety” reasons. At least the Russian government lets scientists rappel into those mysterious Siberian holes. What kind of rabbit was down in that Tonopah hole?
Arizona media reported on April 4 that Michele Thompson and her son Hector discovered the "mystery hole" near their home in the Tonopah desert about 50 miles west of Phoenix (obligatory Phoenix reference so we can mention the Phoenix Lights). The hole had no warning signs and they couldn’t see the bottom although Hector could hear the thud of the rocks he threw (obviously not old enough to determine depth by timing the rock’s freefall -- Depth = 0.5 * g * time^2 where g = 9.81m/s^2 or 32.17f/s^2 … you’re welcome).
After Michelle posted info about the hole on Facebook, a local news station (azfamily.com) sent a crew that dropped a camera into the hole and determined the bottom was 30 feet down and covered with trash, a box, a bucket and at least one rock. The station found the owner of the property -- the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – and showed the picture to an expert with American Pump and Well Service Repair who said it didn’t look like a well.
Before you could say, “Move along, there’s nothing to see here,” there was nothing to see there. In less than 24 hours, a crew from the BLM had filled the hole with what appeared to be dirt. All that a BLM spokesperson would say is that the land was owned by the Federal Aviation Administration in the 1950s.
Why was the Bureau of Land Management so anxious to fill the hole? Perhaps it was connected in some way to the nearby Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the largest power plant in the U.S. If so, is 30 feet of dirt enough to protect the residents of Tonopah from leaking radiation?
Despite the assessment by the well repair “expert,” it could be an abandoned well whose cap was somehow removed. The Tonopah Aquifer has been overused and the BLM might be hiding evidence that things aren’t getting any better or wetter.
Abandoned gold mine? Tonopah isn’t known for any kind of mining.
Sandworm? Always a possibility, although the hole appears to be lined with concrete.
Is it somehow connected to the Phoenix Lights? Well, the hole is near Luke Air Force Base where the planes were based that the U.S. Air Force blamed for dropping flares that are one possible explanation for the string of lights observed the day after the V-shaped UFO was seen. Is it some sort of abandoned missile site built to protect Tonopah from future alien invasions? That’s a pretty faraway dot to connect but it might explain why the BLM was so quick to fill it.
For now, the BLM can hide behind the excuse that it filled the hole to protect little Hector Thompson from falling in. However, it would be nice to get a second opinion from a Siberian hole expert.