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Bees Swarm Over Hot Dog Stand In Times Square

August 28, 2018 - 2:19 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A swarm of bees converged on an umbrella over a hot dog cart in Times Square Tuesday afternoon, prompting a swarm of social media posts.

Twitter photos and videos showed the bees covering the top of a Sabrett hot dog cart set up in the area of 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue.

The NYPD closed off 43rd Street as they vacuumed up the bees to move them to a safe place.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill tweeted the NYPD handled the swam "humanely and safely."

By the 6 p.m. hour, the bees had been moved to their new home, police said.

The bees converged not long after a reported extra-alarm fire at the Staybridge Suites Times Square blocks away on 40th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues – an incident that also shut down streets. ABC7 reported garbage fires broke out on three floors and the hotel had to be evacuated.

This isn't the first time bees invaded Times Square.

In June, 20,000 bees latched onto an NYPD camera at 42nd and Broadway.

Last summer, 30,000 honeybees made themselves at home on a ledge 17 stories above the Crossroads of the World.