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Bees that stung elderly man hundreds of times finally eliminated

August 26, 2011 |  8:44 am

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A final face-off with a hive of aggressive bees in Redondo beach ended successfully Thursday, clearing the neighborhood of the dangerous insects, police said.

The bees put up a fight. On Wednesday, they chased away an exterminator, attacked firefighters and stung a 95-year-old bystander more than 400 times.

Louis Todero was walking in the 1700 block of Ruxton Lane in Redondo Beach when thousands of bees attacked him, apparently stinging him hundreds of times.

Police said Todero was in the hospital, but doing fine.

A different exterminator was assigned on Thursday. He planned to wait until the evening when bees were less energized.

Earlier in the week, four police officers warned people to stay inside and close all doors and windows. The street was also blocked off.

The target was a two-story apartment building, occupied by a sizable hive that could stretch from the roofing structure into the walls.

It is "probable," officials said, but not immediately confirmed whether the hive was home to the so-called Africanized bees that are known for responding aggressively when disturbed or threatened.

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Photo: An exterminator drills a hole into the roof of a Redondo Beach apartment building to pump a poisonous substance into a bee-infested area. Credit: Christina House / For The Times