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Bees provoked by rock attack in downtown Tucson

Tucson police and firefighters responded to the northwest side of the Sixth Avenue Underpass at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday after someone called 9-1-1 to report a bee swarm.

Bees provoked by rock attack in downtown Tucson

CREATED Apr 13, 2013
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
 
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A group of homeless people were attacked by a swarm of bees Saturday morning after someone threw a rock at the hive, triggering the attack.
 
Tucson police and firefighters responded to the northwest side of the Sixth Avenue Underpass at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday after someone called 9-1-1 to report a bee swarm, according to Capt. Jeff Langejans with the Tucson Fire Department. 
 
Once on scene, crews discovered that there was a group of homeless people sleeping near the bee hive. 
 
Rather than leaving the area right after the bees began to swarm, the group lingered to gather their belongings. In that time, a woman around 20-years-old was stung, Langejans said. 
 
Emergency medical personnel evaluated the woman at the scene and released her in stable condition, according to Langejans.
 
During an investigation, crews learned that the bees swarmed after someone threw a rock at the bee hive, provoking the bees, according to Langejans.
 
Crews called a professional bee removal company to assess and remove the bees. However, the bee remover discovered that the bees created a large underground hive that could not be removed, Langejans said. 
 
Instead, the bee remover treated the hive and then covered it with cement. 
 
Langejans wished to remind Tucson citizens to be conscience and aware of bee hives. He says most of the time bees will keep to themselves unless provoked.  
 
He warns not to throw rocks or swat at the bees as this can upset them and trigger an attack. 
 
Finally, Langejans says that if you're being attacked by bees, cover your face and run to shelter. If you find bees on your property, contact a professional bee removal service, and if bees are attacking, call 9-1-1 immediately.