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01/08/07 - Austin, Texas

Bird Deaths Shut Down Downtown Austin

Police shut down several blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin early Monday after dozens birds were found dead in the street.

Experts were testing for any sort of environmental contaminant or gas or chlorine leaks that might of killed off the animals, police spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz said. The carcasses were found overnight along Congress Avenue between Sixth and Eighth streets.

There were no reports of any humans harmed, but the main north-south route through downtown, several side streets and all buildings in the area were blocked off and expected to remain closed until about noon, Chovanetz said.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.

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