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Large Number Of Dead Birds Close Congress Avenue Near Capitol
Several blocks of Congress Avenue have been closed off to traffic because a large number of dead birds -- reportedly as many as several dozen -- have been found in the area. And if you work in the area, you're being asked to stay home from work until at least noon.
Congress Avenue and one block on either side of the street is shut down from Cesar Chavez to 11th Street until approximately noon. That's because an unusually large number of dead birds were found Monday morning, with most of them concentrated on 9th Street.
The fire department was called out to the area around 3 a.m. on Monday to test if there had been a gas or chlorine leak, but nothing of that nature was found. However, further precautionary testing is ongoing, and fire officials are requesting that individuals that work in this area not to come in until further notice.
Gas Smelled Over Large Area Of Manhattan
People all over a large part of New York City are smelling a gas, and it's not clear where it's coming from.
Numerous people have called 911 concerned about the odor. Con Edison, the Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating.
As many as 60 dead pigeons, sparrows and grackles were found overnight along Congress Avenue, a main route through downtown. No human injuries or illnesses were reported.
Originally posted by loam
I wonder if there is any Teflon production done in Austin?
Originally posted by MCory1
The only thing that strikes me though, is there's no reports of human illness yet--surely, someone in the area would maybe already have a cold or something, and any airborne chemicals would aggravate it. Or a weakened immune system or something. I mean, whatever's happening is killing birds--not the heartiest of beasts, true, but still...
(Not that I'm wanting anyone to be sick, just seems really strange.)