February fireworks? Springfield explains what residents heard Tuesday night

Credit: Staff Photo by Barbara J. Perenic

Credit: Staff Photo by Barbara J. Perenic

Residents in downtown Springfield on Tuesday night may have heard a booming, firework-like noise.

The city of Springfield’s service department is using a pyrotechnics method to manage the city’s large crow population.

The city said the loud noises are good deterrents for crows.

“Crows have made downtown their home, but they aren’t birdbrains,” the city said on its Facebook page.

Boom 🎆 That's right, you did hear fireworks downtown last night. Our service department is using them to scare away the...

Posted by City of Springfield, Ohio - Government on Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The city shared on its Facebook page that workers in the service department have been using pyrotechnics to “shoo away” the birds for several years.

According to the city, residents may hear more of the pyrotechnics blasting in the weeks to come, as service department workers set them off between 5-7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The service department has used this method in past years to scatter crows that often roost downtown during the late fall and winter and cause havoc to cars and buildings in the downtown area.

“Loud? Yes. Annoying? Probably. But it’s the best way we’ve found to scare the crows,” the city said.

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