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(NECN: CNN: Beebe, Ark.) - The new year is off to a bizarre beginning in Arkansas as 100,000 drum fish washed up along the the Arkansas River.
Scientists say disease is likely to blame in the deaths of the fish, but a little more than 100 miles away in Beebe,thousands of birds started falling from the sky just before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
"I thought it was out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie," said one resident. "I thought the mayor was messing with me when he called me. He got me up at 4 o'clock in the morning, saying we had birds falling out of the sky," said another.
The Arkansas game and fish commission says the phenomenon is not as unusual as it might seem. The likely culprit is a lightning strike, high-altitude hail or even fireworks.
Investigators said there is no connection between the dead fish and the dead birds.