Deaths of birds occurred during Rome fireworks for New Year.
Hundreds of dead birds covered a central Rome street in the aftermath of last night's fireworks for New Year.
The birds, believed to be starlings, were found at the Termini train station end of Via Cavour by a motorist who posted footage of the disturbing scene on YouTube.
The disorientated birds, startled by the explosions, are thought to have died after flying into windows and high voltage electricity cables just after midnight.
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The incident has led the Italian branch of the International Organization for the Protection of Animals (OIPA) to call for a ban on the sale of fireworks for private use. Loredana Diglio of the OIPA suggested that the birds "died from fear."
"They can fly up together and knock against each other, or hit windows or electric power lines" - Diglio said - "Let’s not forget they can also die of heart attacks."
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Rome street covered in dead birds after New Year fireworks
Via Cavour, Roma RM, Italy