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

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Police closed part of 43rd Street near Seventh Avenue in Manhattan while the swarm was relocated.

A police officer who keeps bees himself, arrived at the scene in Times Square, known as "The Crossroads of the World", at 2.30pm (EST), wearing a mesh-hooded beekeeper suit.

Police estimated about 30,000 bees had gathered in the area that was already buzzing with pedestrians, tourists and traffic, but were unsure what attracted them.

As the police responded to the scene, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill emphasized that they were collecting the bees 'humanely'.

"Literally, the craziest thing I've seen", said Diego Mendez from New Jersey.

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NYPD's bee keeper Officer Michael Lauriano could be seen sporting protective gear as he made his way to collect the bees.

When bees aren't interrupting baseball games in Arizona, they are apparently taking in the sights at Times Square in NY. "But it's definitely the craziest thing I've seen".

People react to a swarm of bees in Times Square in New York City, U.S., August 28, 2018. No one was injured, and "no bee was left behind". According to the NYPD's experts, it was probably the humidity-temperatures hit a balmy 95 degrees in NY today-which likely called a cluster to form and seek a cooler location (although admittedly they picked a weird one).

It took Lauriano 45 minutes to carefully vacuum the bees.

"The bees just wanted some hot dogs", she added.