It remains a mystery why thousands of birds fell from the sky and were found dead this past weekend in the small Arkansas town of Beebe.
The AP reports:
Mike Robertson, the mayor in Beebe, told The Associated Press the last dead bird was removed about 11 a.m. Sunday in the town about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock. He said 12 to 15 workers, hired by the city to do the cleanup, wore environmental-protection suits for the task.
The birds had fallen Friday night over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area. The workers from U.S. Environmental Services started the cleanup Saturday.
One theory is New Year's Eve fireworks may have spooked the birds and caused significant stress. The birds seemed to exhibit physical injury though, so a freak lightning or hail storm is another possible cause.