800,000 Bees Attack, Kill Arizona Man

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CNN – One bee after you is bad enough. What about thousands?

A man in Arizona died after being stung more than an estimated 100 times.

An exterminator said based on the size of the hive, there were about 800,000 bees.

Douglas Fire Chief Mario Novoa said his department answered a call Wednesday morning and when the crew arrived they found five people stung by bees and the bees still swarming.

While some of the emergency responders treated the victims, other firefighters went around the neighborhood warning residents to close their windows and stay inside.

Two of the victims were stung many times, the chief said. One of the men died later. He has not been identified and the chief didn’t know what the other man’s condition was.

Novoa said an exterminator found a 3-foot by 8-foot hive on an eave of a house. To get to the hive, the exterminator had to cut through part of the ceiling of the house.

The 90-year-old owner of the home wasn’t injured.

“We get calls about bees fairly often but I’ve never seen anything to this extent. This is the first time we have recorded a death in our community from bees,” Novoa said.

Douglas is near the border with Mexico, about a two-hour drive from Tucson.


  • ugotthatrite

    that’s them african killer bees that escaped from south american scientists, migrated north. 800k in 1hive, if you do the math one could estimate their numbers now total over a brazillion or 2!!!!

  • Joe

    sooo this house had this gigantic bee hive and NOBODY thought it might hbe a good idea to get rid of this before it got to be this much of a problem?

    • Leten Uno

      You didn’t think about it. But no one, well I do know no one. Do you know no one ? Or possibly everyone. I’m sure your assumption that no one did anything is right on.

  • Razorback Fan

    Douglas IS on the Mexico Border. It shares the border with Agua Prieta, Mexico.
    Per Wikipedia:
    “Agua Prieta (Opata: Bachicuy) is a town and municipality in the northeastern corner of the Mexican state of Sonora (31°19′33″N 109°32′56″W). It stands on the U.S.–Mexico border, adjacent to the town of Douglas, Arizona, USA.”

    • Leten Uno

      It’s also near the mexican boarder. On the border implies it sits ON, ON top of . The Boarder is a line between, on the outward edges of. So Douglas is near the boarder but it is not on.

      • Jaybird

        *Border*….not BOARDER. If you are going to be such a stickler for grammar, the least you could do is learn how to spell correctly. That is 3rd grade spelling level, at best. Boarder??…..Really??!!!

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