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'Killer bees' swarm park, send 3 people to the hospital, police say

June 30, 2012 | 11:38 am

“Killer bees” swarmed a Huntington Park recreation area on Friday, sending three people to the hospital with bee stings, police said.

The swarm — which police officers said contained about 60,000 of the aggressive insects, formally known as Africanized honey bees — left a tree hive and clouded the air around 3 p.m. in Robert Keller Park.

A local emergency room treated one person with more than a dozen stings, Huntington Police Sgt. Conrad Chacon said. The hive has since been removed, but the park remained closed on Saturday.

“Everything’s roped off, but there are a couple of bees still flying around,” Chacon said. “It’s still considered dangerous.”

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-- Danielle Paquette

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