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4 injured after bees from wild hive attack

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Apr 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-05 22:52:29-04

beesNEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Four people were injured in Florida Sunday morning after being attacked by bees from a wild hive.

WFTS reports that three men and a woman were hurt after receiving dozens of stings happened in New Port Richey, just north of Tampa.

County officials said the male victims had as many as 50 stings each and were being treated at a local hospital. The female victim was recuperating at home.

Firefighters had to use a water hose to clear the swarming bees from the victims.

“I looked out the window and I saw my neighbor’s brother on the ground rolling. Bees — covered in bees, all over his face,” said neighbor Alison Osteinm.

A bee keeper, who was  able to use smoke to calm the insects, said there were as many as 30,000 bees in the hive.

He also said the bees need to be less agitated before anyone tries to remove the hive.

Residents are being urged to stay indoors since the bees could attack again.