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Arkansas Birds Falling

January 4, 2012 by staff 

Arkansas Birds FallingArkansas Birds Falling, In something out of a horror movie, 100 dead birds fell from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas, on Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve, mere hours before the clock struck 2012.

Officials in central Arkansas cited fireworks as the culprit. Supposedly the birds were spooked by fireworks set off by New Year’s Eve revelers. The birds began falling out of the sky at around 7 pm. Calls to police flooded in and local television networks reported that birds were raining down.

Beebe police Lt. Brian Duke said Sunday that officials ordered local residents to stop setting off fireworks after blackbirds started flying into objects and each other, crashing to the ground dead. The state Game and Fish Commission claimed someone targeted a blackbird roost and said there was evidence of fireworks at the roost. “We know that there was evidence of fireworks set off in the middle of the roost, and it wasn’t a coincidence.”

The birds landed on roofs, sidewalks, streets and fields. One hit a woman who was out walking her dog. Another smashed into a police cruiser.

However, some found the entire incident decidedly eerie. Just last year, on New Year’s Eve 2010, over 5,000 blackbirds plummeted from the sky in another small town in Arkansas, near Little Rock. This mysterious incident caused a media frenzy rife with doomsday prophesies and even a National Geographic documentary.

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