ST. PETERSBURG — A swarm of angry bees was unleashed Monday afternoon, apparently upset after their penthouse accommodations were abruptly turned into a ground-floor unit.
It started when a man working for a tree-trimming contractor sliced off a large tree limb along Sixth Avenue N on Monday afternoon — which just happened to contain the bees' home.
The tree trimmer was stung about 20 times, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. Then the 3500 block of Sixth Avenue N was blocked off on both sides as authorities dealt with the bees and power lines brought down by the falling limb.
The incident occurred about 3:21 p.m. The tree trimmers reported what happened to a fire safety inspector who just happened to be in the neighborhood.
The injured tree trimmer was stung so many times that firefighters advised him to go to a hospital.
St. Petersburg has had several bee incidents this summer. In June an angry colony of bees stung firefighters as they put out a fire at a house on 29th Avenue N — as well as the 8-foot-tall beehive that had grown onto the home.
Then in July, 40,000 to 60,000 bees were discovered in a fallen oak tree that had taken down power lines and temporarily blocked 10th Avenue N.