Birds fall dead in Arkansas town — again

Blackbirds have fallen dead from the sky in a central Arkansas town for the second New Year's Eve in a row.
For the second New Year's Eve in a row, hundreds of birds like this one that died a year ago have fallen dead in Beebe, Ark. (Warren Watkins/Associated Press file photo))

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.

Hearst Taylor, an animal control worker in the Beebe, 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 whether year-end celebrations were 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.