Generally, when roads are closed in a neighborhood with reports of one casualty, one might assume the worst. Gun violence, a crash, domestic disturbance? Not in this case! An Encino road was closed and residents warned to stay inside after a massive bee swarm was disturbed. Fire crews and police were promptly called to close the roads in the neighborhood to help prevent further injury.
Footage captured from the air witnessed an officer guiding a fire engine to the location. The officer soon begins swatting the air around his person, indicating that he’s come upon the bee swarm. Eventually, he has no choice but to sit down on a curb, seemingly exhausted. His colleagues try to keep the swarming pollinators from their assault. Sky 5 footage shows an animal control officer, clad in a bee suit, finding the source of the swarm at a home in the neighborhood.
What brought on the cause of the swarm is unclear. Bees will only attack territorially when their hives have been significantly disturbed and move to protect it. Given that it was in a residential neighborhood, it’s possible even a minor disturbance could have incited them to aggression. Generally, the term “swarm” when describing angry bees is a misnomer. When bees swarm is when they’re at their most harmless. Bees swarm when a hive’s numbers are strong enough to split up. After which large collections of bees can be found populating bushes, car bumpers, and the like. At which point, you can even stick your hand into a swarm without getting stung, the bees’ only drive at that point is to find a new hive. Of course, if you’re severely allergic, best to keep your distance all the same.
Even “Fallout” commented on the situation. Kinda.