By Jun Cinco
Published: January 3, 2012
Numerous blackbirds falling dead from the sky were among the early highlights a few hours before the New Year approaches in Beebe, Arkansas. Many people have considered it a mysterious phenomenon; especially it happened for the second year in a row.
Arkansas officials remained puzzled at what really had caused the birds to fall from the sky. Majority of these birds were red-winged blackbirds that fell from the sky in Beebe since the New Year’s Eve and lasted until the next day.
The number of birds that fell on that day was approximately around 4,000 to 5,000, based on the official estimates.
A theory once claimed that the birds’ death was caused by stressed inflicted by fireworks the locals used in welcoming the New Year. Noise and bright flashes of light from fireworks could be among the potent factors that have caused too much stress on these birds, which eventually triggered their deaths.
That theory though seemed to be discredited this year. The authorities have banned the use of fireworks in the area to prevent the same incident’s re-occurrence this year but for some reasons it has happened once more.