Swarm of 24K Bees Removed From Williamsburg Street

By Megan Cerullo | May 21, 2014 4:35pm | Updated on May 21, 2014 5:33pm
  The swarm landed on the south side of Montrose Avenue Wednesday. 
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WILLIAMSBURG — Tens of thousands of bees swarmed a Williamsburg street Wednesday afternoon, frightening locals and closing down a portion of the block while police scooped them up.

The 24,000-strong swarm landed on Montrose Avenue between Lorimer and Leonard streets just after 12 p.m. after likely originating from a nearby hive, said an NYPD beekeeper who responded to the scene.

“There were no broken branches, so I think they originally landed on the tree and started migrating down to the ground where the queen was, and they just clustered up over there,” said Det. Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis.

Onlookers stood gawking at the swarm when police arrived, with someone placing a food container over the bees to cover them up, he explained.

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