Swarm of estimated 40,000 Africanized bees attack police and firefighters in California

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PASADENA, CA – We’ve reported on attacks on police numerous times, but never one quite like this.

A swarm of 40,000 Africanized bees attacked police officers and firefighters on February 20th, after first responders had reported to a report of a bee sting.

Five people were rushed to the hospital last week, including two firefighters and one police officer, when they arrived on scene to help treat a victim of a severe bee sting. Once first responders arrived to treat the individual,  the block was suddenly swarmed with bees.

Apparently, the city of Pasadena has had the occasional small swarm here and there, but nothing quite like this incident.

Pasadena Fire Department Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian stated the following about the block covered in bees:

“I’ve been with the fire department 18 years now and responded to several bee incidents, but never to this magnitude.”

A total of seven people were reportedly stung in the incident last week, but two of those who were stung didn’t go to the hospital for treatment. The first firefighter that responded to the scene apparently got the worst of it, having been stung 17 times.

 

Derderian spoke to the severity of the effect bee stings can have, especially for those who are allergic:

“The bees were very aggressive. Somebody could have had an allergic reaction and it could have been serious and or fatal.”

The hive was located atop of a four-story Hampton Inn. Co2 and foam extinguishers were used to kill some of the bees, and then a professional beekeeper climbed a ladder to remove the hive from the rooftop.

Police had to shut down the affected block for several hours while beekeepers were tending to the aggressive hive inhabitants. By 6:45 p.m. that evening, the street was reopened and relatively clear of the dangerous pests.

Want to see what a massive swarm of bees on a police vehicle looks like?  Here’s another incident.  Scary stuff.

Meanwhile, let’s revisit a story we reported on last year where people were actually ingesting wasp spray for a cheap high. No kidding. 

Just when you think the collective IQ of society can’t drop any lower… this happens.

Police last year put out a warning across the country that the latest “trend” causing overdoses is… drumroll please… bug killer.

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That’s right – we’re talking about insecticides causing an increasing number of poisonings by people intentionally taking it.

For those unaware, the entire point of wasp and hornet spray is to stun and kill stinging flying insects. Turns out drug users found that if they ingest it, they get a cheap methamphetamine-like high.

They also get dead.

All of the “cool kids” on the street are calling it “wasping”. The way they do it is spraying bug spray on meth or heating and crystalizing the bug spray to snort or smoke it.

Doesn’t matter how you do it – it can be deadly.

Take, for example, West Virginia where three overdoses were blamed on wasp spray.

“When you ingest stuff like this, it changes the chemical characteristics of your blood,” said Phil Price.

He’s on the Cherokee Multi-Agency Drug Task Force.

“Obviously, it kills wasps and hornets while they fly, so the effects on the human, I’m sure, are not so positive.”

The main chemical in wasp spray is what’s messing people up. It can cause bizarre behavior, seizures and severe, even deadly, allergic reactions in humans.

“Incredibly dangerous, terribly dangerous,” added addiction counselor and specialist Grace Price.

According to Price, she’d had a number of clients who admitted to recently using wasp spray as a meth substitute.

She said they described their use in detail, saying some would spray it on a metal screen, attach jumper cables and electrify the screen to cook and crystalize the wasp spray.

“Then they would sell that, snort it or smoke it,” she said.

It’s being seen as a cheap fix for hardcore meth addicts with little money.  And it’s totally legal.  Legal, and loaded with many downsides, including the risk of lasting brain damage if you survive.

“It’s not illegal, so we can’t do anything about it. We can tell them, ‘This is a terrible idea,’ but we can’t arrest them for it,” Phil Price said.

That’s called Darwinism.

A report came out recently that says poison control centers average 90,000 calls a year about exposure to pesticides. Over time, long-term exposure can cause nerve and organ damage, cancer and birth defects.

But those drug abusers who are desperate for a cheap fix are presumably not calling poison control, and they’re also probably not considering the risks.

And they are ending up dead. 

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