More Dead Blackbirds Fall Over Arkansas Town

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BEEBE, Ark. (AP) -- Blackbirds have fallen dead from the sky in
Beebe, Ark., for the second New Year's Eve in a row.

Television station KATV showed a radar image that it says was of
a large mass over Beebe a few hours before midnight Saturday.

The Little Rock station reported that hundreds of birds had died.

An animal control worker told the station that the reason for the deaths isn't known yet.

Last year, fireworks were blamed for the deaths of thousands of

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.

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