Happy New Year! 2000 Birds Fall From the Sky, Dead

Beebe, Arkansas rung in the new year by cleaning up the carcasses of more than 2000 dead red-winged black birds. 15 extra workers, environmental protection suits and all, were hired to pick up the birds. Which was completed on Sunday morning, according to the mayor.

Falling over approximately a 1 mile area of the city, the birds were apparently struck by lightning or high-altitude hail. No other dead birds were found outside of the 1 mile radius so that “pretty much ruled out poisoning or illness” says the mayor. Game and Fish Commission officials speculate fireworks could’ve startled the flock and they may have died of stress.

I blame white people, but I’m not sure why.