Residents in a Cumberland County, New Jersey, community were left wondering Tuesday morning what caused dozens of birds to drop dead from the sky.
“Crazy — something out of a movie,” said resident Michelle Cavalieri who saw the birds fall from the sky.
The birds caused a bloody mess on roadways in the residential neighborhood.
“They’d get up and try and fly and they were out of control so they’d crash and fall again,” said resident Jim Sinclair. ”It was just strange.”
Animal control, public health officials and other emergency crews were on the scene later Tuesday morning collecting dead birds to try and figure out exactly what caused so many of them to die.
It turned out to be the result of permitted pest-control measures at a nearby farm, where the nuisance species were damaging crops.