Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Times Square ‘abuzz’ as 30,000 bees prompt closures, NYPD response

Times Square ‘abuzz’ as 30,000 bees prompt closures, NYPD response

Officer Michael Lauriano - known as the NYPD's "Bee Guy" - donned protective gear, including a netting over his face, as he stood on a ladder and sucked up the bees with a special vacuum device.

Manhattan locals got quite the surprise today when a swarm of bees shut down a busy street after they chose to call a shop umbrella their home.

"We try to get as many as we can", Lauriano said.

A swarm of bees land on a hot dog cart in Times Square in New York City, U.S., August 28, 2018.

Times Square was a hive of activity Tuesday afternoon, as more than 40,000 bees swarmed a hot dog stand at the corner of Broadway and West 43rd Street. 'We like to keep the families together'. "But it's definitely the craziest thing I've seen".

It took the man about 20 minutes to vacuum up the bees.

Simone, a tourist from London who did not offer her last name, said, "It's a bit scary".

NY police cordoned off 43rd Street at 7th Avenue while the department's beekeeper vacuumed the insects.

Mays said the bees likely went looking for a new home after leaving one of the rooftop hives of a nearby building.

The bee puns kept flying in from the NYPD, with the Time Square precinct emphasizing that this wasn't the first time that a bee swarm invaded the area.

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