Not as Many Dead Blackbirds in Arkansas Town This Year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BEEBE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities in a central Arkansas town say about 100 blackbirds died on New Year's Eve after being spooked by fireworks, far less than the thousands that perished there a year ago.

Beebe police Lt. Brian Duke said Sunday that officials asked people to stop setting off fireworks after blackbirds again started flying into objects and each other. Residents were celebrating the year's end with fireworks in their neighborhoods.

Duke says police are gathering information and may have more
details Monday.

Large numbers of migrating blackbirds roost in the community northeast of Little Rock. Last year, fireworks were blamed after
thousands of birds were rousted from their roosts and flew into homes, cars, telephone poles and each other.


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