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At least 5 stung by swarm of bees in Corona

By in Press Enterprise on February 2, 2018

By City News Service

At least five people were stung by a swarm of bees in a Corona neighborhood Thursday afternoon, prompting police and fire officials to temporarily close access to the area for public safety.

The bee attack was reported about 3:20 p.m. near Heavenly Way and Taber Street.

Firefighters arrived within a couple of minutes and encountered the victims and others trying to get away from the agitated insects, which continued to sting the pedestrians while crews were trying to assist them, according to reports from the scene.

Police officers cordoned off the area to prevent anyone else from being exposed to the angry swarm.

Three victims were treated by paramedics but declined to be taken to the hospital for further examination. Fire officials did not immediately disclose the status of the other patients.

Technicians from the Northwest Mosquito & Vector Control District were requested to contain the hive, but agency officials declined to dispatch anyone, asking that fire crews do their best to handle the operation, using their hoses to quell the bees, according to emergency personnel.

It was unclear what stirred the bees, and whether the hive was located on a house or in a tree.

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