Residents of Beebe in Arkansas were left baffled when more than 2,000 red-winged dead blackbirds fell dead from the sky.
The dead birds that started showering down in frightening quantities in a section of the city, primarily Windwood Drive, left the residents thinking that these birds might be poisoned. However, Commissioner Ornithologist Karen Rowe entertains a different view.
According to her, the death of thousands of birds show signs of physical trauma that might be inflicted upon them either by a high altitude hail or lightning.
Karen also speculated that New Year’s Eve revelers shooting off fireworks in Beebe can also be an apparent cause of the birds' death that might have died of stress.
The unexplained event drew a number of U.S. Environmental Services crew who were given the task to dispose of the dead birds.
The officials from the U.S. Environmental Services will unveil the mysterious death of thousands of birds when they get the test results later this week.