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Arkansas: Hundreds of Dead Birds Fall from Sky in Town For Second New Year’s Eve in a Row


Associated Press – “BEEBE, Ark – Blackbirds have fallen dead from the sky in a central Arkansas town for the second New Year’s Eve in a row.

KATV showed a radar image that it said showed a large mass over Beebe a few hours before midnight Saturday. The Little Rock television station reported that hundreds of birds had died.

Beebe animal control worker Hearst Taylor told KATV the reason for the bird deaths isn’t yet known.

Last year, fireworks were blamed for the deaths of thousands of birds. It wasn’t immediately clear if year-end celebrations are again to blame.

Beebe police imposed an impromptu fireworks ban Saturday night.

Biologists said last year’s kill was caused by the birds being rousted from their roosts and flying into homes, cars, telephone poles and each other.” Source – Fox News.

Flashback: 5000 Blackbirds Fall From Sky in Beebe, Arkansas – “Times Square had the ball drop, and Brasstown, N.C., had its descending possum. But no place had a New Year’s Eve as unusual, or freakishly disturbing, as Beebe, Ark. Around 11 that night, thousands of red-winged blackbirds began falling out of the sky over this small city about 35 miles northeast of Little Rock. They landed on roofs, roads, front lawns and backyards, turning the ground nearly black and terrifying anyone who happened to be outside. ‘One of them almost hit my best friend in the head,’ said Christy Stephens, who was standing outside among the smoking crowd at a party. ‘We went inside after that.'” Read more.

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