15 stung, woman hospitalized in Phoenix bee attack


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on May 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 4:11 PM

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PHOENIX -- At least 15 people were stung and one woman was taken to a hospital after a bee attack Wednesday night, according to Phoenix firefighters.

It happened in a neighborhood near 12th Street and McDowell Road.

A beekeeper was reportedly trying to introduce a couple of new queen bees to the hives in her backyard when the bees revolted and chased people down the street.

Firefighters told 3TV the buzzing was so loud, they couldn't hear each other.

They were wiping layers of bees off the masks of their white bee suits until they finally found and wiped out the hives. They said they had never seen anything like it.

The woman who was taken to the hospital was reportedly stung about a dozen times but is expected to be OK.

Firefighters said none of the people stung were severely allergic.

Either as a "thank you" or an apology, the beekeeper gave the firefighters a big jar of honey.