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Bees Swarm Walmart Shoppers as Hive Deal Goes Down in Parking Lot

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By    |   Monday, 08 Aug 2016 07:06 AM

Bees swarmed Walmart shoppers in Oklahoma City after a beehive containing more than 10,000 bees was dropped in the parking lot, sending three people to the hospital.

Oklahoma City Fire District Chief Benny Fulkerson told NewsOK.com the incident started about 10:35 a.m. Saturday at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in southeast Oklahoma City.

Someone who was selling three hives to someone else in the parking lot dropped one of the hives and thousands of bees to escaped and started attacking nearby shoppers, officials told the television station.

Walmart officials evacuated the store for several hours and the Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association was contacted along with emergency crews, said KOKH-TV.

"People are getting stung and at this point it is a definite public safety issue," wrote Bill Armstrong, president of the Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association on its Facebook page on Saturday, describing the incident in his initial post as a "beekeeping trade gone wrong" with trader from Texas.

"I have directed them to get a damp sheet thrown over the hive which should help, but they don't have anyone down there with gear etc. They will likely have to have fire (department) folks take the ones out of the air with some hoses," Armstrong said.

Oklahoma City's Emergency Medical Services Authority told KOKH-TV that two people taken to a hospital were listed in serious condition and a third was in good condition on Saturday.

A beekeepers on the scene, Darell Baker, told KOKH-TV he was joined by two others beekeepers to assist.

"If bees sting, there's a pheromone that bees put off to come and help," Baker told KOKH-TV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said thousands of people are stung by insects annually with as many as 90 to 100 people dying in the United States from allergic reactions. Those numbers, stated the CDC, may be underreported because the deaths may be mistakenly diagnosed as heart attacks, sunstroke, or other causes.

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