Baseball players and fans were forced to flee the stadium after approximately 1,000 angry bees descended on the field. After a nearby underground beehive was disturbed, the bees became aggressive and chased players out of a dugout. The bees began stinging players and fans resulting in one man being sent to the hospital with between 200 and 300 stings.
The St. George News reports that the bee attack happened during a baseball tournament around 11:00 a.m. on Friday. The incident happened at the Elks Field in St. George, Utah. The report indicates that most injuries were minor with many experiencing multiple bee stings. However, one man in his 70s was stung between 200 and 300 times and required medical transport. The man was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center. First responders say that the man was responsive and did not appear to be having an allergic reaction to the hundreds of stings.
KCSG notes that when the St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance arrived at the scene, they saw people fighting off the bees. Officials say that the bees appeared to be Africanized honey bees, also known as killer bees. While any bee will fend off predators from the hive, killer bees are known to be more aggressive. The Utah County Beekeepers Association notes that killer bees have been in southern Utah since 2009. It is noted that killer bees, unlike European honey bees, will attack people or animals that they sense within a 50-foot radius of their hive. Not only do they attack, they are known to pursue their victims even as they flee.
This was the case at the baseball game. The Daily Mail reports that the angry bees could be seen chasing baseball players from the dugout. The baseball coach noted that at one point, there were approximately 70 bees chasing the same group of players, stinging them repeatedly. Once the fire department arrived on the scene, they began dousing the dugout with a chemical foam.
Bee attacks are rare in public places such as a baseball game, but if you ever find yourself in the middle of a killer bee attack, bee experts say to cover your neck and head and attempt to vacate the area as quickly as possible. Preferably, exit into an interior space where you can shut out any incoming bees.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, killer bee attacks can be deadly. A pregnant woman and mother-of-four was killed when the bees attacked her in her own backyard.