Saturday, February 22nd 2020, 2:00 pm - Firefighter stung 17 times as officials were greeted by up to 40,000 colonized bees when attempting to remove a hive
Emergency officials in Pasadena, Calif., got more than they bargained for when they responded to a single bee sting report Thursday.
Upon arriving to the scene, firefighters and police were swarmed by nearly 40,000 Africanized bees, sending three of the first responders to the hospital as other officials closed off the block.
"I've been with the fire department 18 years now and responded to several bee incidents," Pasadena Fire Department public information officer Lisa Derderian told CNN. "But never to this magnitude."
FIREFIGHTER STUNG 17 TIMES
While seven people were stung by the bees -- with most receiving medical treatment -- one firefighter in particular was the focus of the insects' wrath and was stung 17 times.
This led to officials realizing that the bee swarm actually covered the entire block. "The bees were very aggressive," Derderian said. "Somebody could have had an allergic reaction and it could have been serious and or fatal."
Firefighters and a professional beekeeper climbed a ladder to remove the hive, which was perched atop the roof of a four-storey hotel. They then sprayed the bees with Co2 and foam extinguishers.
Some of the bees were killed as a result, while others vacated the area after sunset, Derderian added. The apiarist safely removed the hive so the bees could not return.
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