Black Birds Fall From Sky, Scare Town

Nearly 4,000 red-winged blackbirds dropped dead in Beebe, Ark. on New Year's Eve. Was this some sort of government testing gone sadly wrong?

Bird government testing: 4,000 birds fall dead in Beebe, Arkansas

Why are Arkansas birds falling dead? That's the question a lot of people are asking after 4,000 red-winded blackbirds fell on Beebe, Ark. on New Year's Eve.

The Arkansas birds starting falling out of the sky around 9 pm on New Year's Eve, landing everywhere from cars, houses, even people.

"One of them almost hit my best friend in the head," said Christy Stephens told The New York Times. "We went inside after that."

Falling birds: Bird government Testing?

Was this mass death of the red-winged blackbirds some sort of Arkansas government bird testing gone wrong? Not so, say government officials. The Arkansas Game and Parks Commission is sending many of the dead birds to out-of-state labs for testing, spokesman Keith Stephens said.

Some potential explanations include stress or some sort of blunt-force trauma.

It's safe to say the town had never seen anything like this before. "About 19 years ago, we had some ducks," he said, "but that was only a couple of dozen."

Of course, some are offering supernatural explanations for the sudden bird deaths, including UFOs and other conspiracy theories.

"Looks like some sort of phenomenon happened," Beebe City Councilwoman Becky Short said.

What do you think happened to the mysterious Arkansas dead birds?

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Comments on "Arkansas falling birds: Bird government testing?"

Rita Jager January 05, 2011 | 10:39 AM

Birds falling out of the sky? In the old days miners used a bird to go into the mines to test for poisoning gases. I can't help but think of this example for Beebe, Ark. I hope not only is the air being tested, but the water supply as well. Not anything should be taken for granted at this point. Drinking a glass of tap water is not even safe, these days.

Wolf January 04, 2011 | 3:55 AM

I would be more concerned if people started to fall out of the sky. But on a more serious note, if I live in that area I would of got the hell out of there so fast, I would of packed the family up left everything picked a direction and floored it for atleast an hour in one direction. God only knows what poison the government sprayed to cause that... I wouldn't be suprised if the birds died from some noxious gas cloud formed from the poisons BP is dumping to cover up the still spilling oil spill in the gulf.

Annie January 03, 2011 | 10:52 PM

I think it's a coverup. There's no way that many birds would die from fireworks or whatever. CONSPIRACY!!!!

Eric January 03, 2011 | 5:58 PM

Well, if there was government testing behind this, it's not likely they'd come out and say it, don't you think? So Arkansas's claim that there was no testing is not very useful, in my opinion.

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