It was the most bizarre of accidents: Between 30,000 and 60,000 bees swarmed and attacked customers shopping at a Walmart in Oklahoma City after they escaped from their hives in the parking lot.
According to Mashable, a man was selling beehives in the parking lot when the honeybees unexpectedly got loose and dispersed throughout the area.
Firefighters were immediately called to the scene to spray water in hopes of dissuading the bees from stinging the shoppers, but moderate to severe injuries still occurred. It took many hours before the area was cleared and safe to enter again.
Three individuals had to be taken to the hospital, and two are still in critical condition.
The Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association was also called to help with the situation. Honeybees face extinction worldwide, so it was important to capture as many as possible safely.
Unexpected mishaps such as this is why selling beehives in a public parking lot isn’t exactly the smartest decision.
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