Dead birds cause Austin downtown shutdown
Ten blocks of businesses in Austin, Texas, were shut
down by the police on Monday, 8 January, after dozens of birds were discovered
Emergency workers were apparently dressed in hazardous-material suits and
fire trucks and ambulances were on standby as tests were carried out for any
environmental contaminant or gas or chlorine leaks that might have caused the
bird deaths. There were no reports of any people harmed.
"There is no credible intelligence to suggest an imminent threat to the
homeland or Austin at this time," said Russ Knocke, Department of Homeland
Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services and state
authorities are monitoring the situation.
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