On Monday, hundreds of bees swarmed the Encino neighborhood in Los Angeles. As a result, two people were sent to the hospital, including one police volunteer.
The fire department reported that one adult man was injured and had “multiple bee stings.” An LAPD volunteer was also hurt while trying to escape the swarm and received “dozens of bee stings.”
CBS Los Angeles filmed a video of a swarm attack on a volunteer officer. The video shows the officer attempting to swat the bees away as he was trying to get into a vehicle. He quickly starts attempting to swat them off his head and face, and ultimately stumbles and falls onto the road, hitting his head on the asphalt.
The status of the first man is unclear, but police have reported that the volunteer has been hospitalized and is in “stable condition.”
A local resident, Jerry Spotts, told CBS Los Angeles that he witnessed a UPS delivery driver being attacked by the swarm.
“He started saying, ‘run, bees!’ And I got hit right in the lip.”
According to CBS Los Angeles, the bees are thought to have come from a hive attached to a home in the area. A bee removal company attempted to get rid of the swarm by spraying the hive. During this time, the fire department advised residents to “stay inside and shut all windows and doors,” as reported in their warning.
“This is not a normal behavior for these bees to be this angry, to want to kill you. This is not OK.”
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