It wasn’t the sort of auspicious and augury-tinged event the folks of Beebe, Ark., wanted to have happen on New Year’s Eve, but it’s looking like the freak accident involving anywhere from 1,000-5,000 blackbirds dropping dead at once might be explained in mundane terms. –KA

The Wall Street Journal:

A rain of dead and injured red-winged blackbirds that fell over an Arkansas town on New Year’s Eve was likely caused by a booming noise, potentially from fireworks, state officials said Monday.

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