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November 23, 2014

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Valley neighborhood attacked by bee swarm after hive agitated

A swarm of bees provoked by two men throwing objects at their hive zeroed in on residents in an east valley neighborhood on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters from Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to reports of mass bee stings at about 5:20 p.m. just north of East Tropicana Avenue and Topaz Street, fire officials said.

When crews arrived, the bees were still stinging people, and Metro Police closed Topaz Street to pedestrians and traffic. Firefighters in full protective gear used fire hose streams with foam to disperse the insects from the area and off the victims.

Nine people who were stung were treated on scene, and three were taken to local hospitals. Many others were stung but did not seek medical help, fire officials said.

Firefighters located a large hive in an olive tree and removed it with a fire hose and foam.

The two men suspected of disturbing the hive were detained nearby, and authorities were considering whether to charge them.

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