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Angry bees in Redondo Beach stung man 400 times, police believe

August 25, 2011 |  8:05 am

Authorities believe Africanized honey bees swarmed around a 95-year-old man, stinging him more than 400 times, police said.

The incident occurred Wednesday in Redondo Beach.

"He literally got stung by thousands of bees," Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department told The Times. "Most men would have died, but he's taking it in stride."

Keenan said officials suspect they were Africanized honey bees, also known as "killer bees" because of how aggressive they were.

He said the man was expected to be released Wednesday evening from a local hospital. The bees attacked the man about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Ruxton Lane. The bees apparently became agitated by a private fumigator who was trying to remove them from a nearby apartment building, police said.

The man's name was not released by police.


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Photo: A sign is posted in a Redondo Beach neighborhood where a 95-year-old man was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after being attacked by a swarm of bees. Credit: Christina House / For The Times