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More than 1,000 black birds fall from sky

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wildlife officials in Arkansas are working to determine what could have caused over 1,000 blackbirds to fall from the sky and die.

CNN reports the dead birds will be sent to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for lab testing.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission say they received reports about the dead birds late Friday night in the town of Beebe.

According to Ornithologist Karen Rowe, the birds showed physical trauma and she says "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail," but she isn't sure.

Wildlife officials say that New Year's Eve fireworks shot off in the area could have scared the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

Rowe says similar incidents have occurred in other places, but scientists could never determine why the birds died. Rowe says she does not think the birds in Arkansas were poisoned.

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