(BEEBE, Ark.) -- Officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to fall from the sky across a one mile area in Beebe, Arkansas.
The dead birds began falling New Year’s Eve and littered the streets, along with residential lawns and rooftops. Steven Bryant found 40 birds strewn across his front lawn and won’t let his kids play outside until he knows more about what caused it.
“I wouldn’t let them go outside right now until I really know exactly what the explanation is,” he said. “I’m not going to take no chances.”
Tests are ongoing but wildlife officials believe the birds may have been hit by lightning or hail, or were startled by fireworks. One city official said, “I thought the mayor was messing with me when he called…He got me up at 4 o’clock in the morning and told me he had birds falling out of the sky.”
State wildlife officials are also investigating what killed possibly hundreds of thousands of drum fish in the Arkansas River.
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