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Up To 5,000 Dead Birds Fall On Small Arkansas Town On New Years Eve (Updated)

Over 1,000 lifeless birds tragically fell from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas on New Year’s Eve. In an interview with AP, an expert with the state’s Livestock and Poultry Commission suggested “the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail.” The Commission offered another sad possibility, that New Year’s Eve fireworks could have gone off near the birds and startled them so severely, that they died from stress.

The Hitchcock-like scene left many in the local town bewildered and saddened that the ball was not the only thing to drop from the sky on New Year’s Eve.

Update:

(CNN) — Arkansas game officials hope testing scheduled to begin Monday will solve the mystery of why up to 5,000 blackbirds fell from the sky just before midnight New Year’s Eve.

The birds — most of which were dead — were found within a one-mile area of Beebe, about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said. The blackbirds fell over about a one-mile area, the commission said in a statement.

As of Saturday, between 4,000 and 5,000 blackbirds had been found dead, said Keith Stephens with the commission.

Watch the unfortunate result in the clip from local affiliate KATV below:

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