A large swarn of more then 50.000 Africanised bees attacked first responders at the scene of a single bee sting.
This buzzing onslaught took place at the Hampton Inn in Pasadena on February 20, when firefighters and police officers arrived following a single sting report.
However, one sting soon turned into multiple for the poor sods who arrived, as it appears the first bee’s pals arrived as back-up, flooding into the area and causing chaos.
‘I’ve been with the fire department 18 years now and responded to several bee incidents. But never to this magnitude.’, Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Fire Department Public Information Officer, told CNN
As a result of the swarm, seven people were stung, with two people being rushed to hospital according to authorities. However, the first firefighter who arrived on the scene bore the brunt of the worst attacks, leaving the area with 17 stings. They soon realised that the bees had covered the entire block.
Derderian added: ‘Somebody could have had an allergic reaction and it could have been serious and or fatal.’
Firefighters and a professional beekeeper later climbed a ladder to remove the hive, which was on the roof of the four-story building. They sprayed the bees with Co2 and foam extinguishers before the beekeeper removed the hive so the bees wouldn’t return to the area. Some bees were killed in the incident, while others left the area when the sun went down.