Swarm of 20000 bees attack New York City hotdog stand

first_imgNew York This article is more than 10 months old Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Hordes of people eagerly watched an NYPD officer-turned-beekeeper remove the insects from a stall … with a vacuum Adam Gabbatt Swarm of 20,000 bees attack New York City hotdog stand Share on Twitter Share via Email news 1:03 Share via Email New York Share on Facebook Shares797797 Productivity came to a halt across New York City offices on Tuesday afternoon, as hordes of people eagerly followed the removal of 20,000 bees from a hotdog stand.The bees had swarmed the hotdog stand, a block south of Times Square, around 1pm.Thousands watched a Reuters livestream – the stand is located outside the news agency’s New York headquarters – and followed on Twitter as a police officer was called in to remove the bees. With a vacuum cleaner.A section of the street at the corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue was closed as the delicate procedure took place. Reuse this content ‘Like nicotine’: Bees develop preference for pesticides, study shows Officers from the New York police department stood guard, some more willingly than others, as one of their colleagues donned a beekeeper’s hat and approached the hotdog stand.The bees had gathered in a densely packed, roughly 15-square-foot clump, and the unidentified officer, who wore a white jacket, thick gloves and has a moustache, proceeded to vacuum up the bees. The bee cleansing took about 40 minutes, much of which was watched online.By around 3pm, the officer, who told journalists he “has training”, had removed the bulk of the bees, but many remained in the area, swarming around a selection of soft drinks displayed on the hotdog stall.Asked if it was safe to remain in the area, a uniformed police officer pointed to his colleague and said: “He’s sucking them up.” He added: “There’ll be no more problems.”Andrew Coté, who runs the New York City beekeepers’ association, had answered a call from the NYPD and was watching as the bees were removed. Removal by vacuum cleaner – it was a specially adapted vacuum cleaner – was common, Coté said. He estimated there were 20,000 bees on the umbrella, but said: “You’ve got to count the legs and divide by six to be sure.”Coté said of the bees’ motivation: “I think they wanted a hotdog.”Under further questioning, Coté clarified that he was joking about the bees wanting a hotdog, and instead this late-August swarm had likely occurred because of an ill-managed beehive. He said there were a number of hives within a block of the hotdog stand. By 3.15pm police had re-opened the street, although a number of bees were still on the scene. Coté chastised the Guardian for ducking as some of the bees flew past.“You won’t die,” Coté said. “Unless you’re anaphylactic.”center_img @adamgabbatt … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Last modified on Tue 28 Aug 2018 21.51 EDT Share on WhatsApp Bees Share on Facebook This article is more than 10 months old Insects 20,000 bees swarm a New York City hotdog stand – video Play Video Read more Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Tue 28 Aug 2018 17.39 EDT Support The Guardian Since you’re here…last_img read more