Bees swarm Times Square

A swarm of bees caused a brief commotion in Times Square after they made their home atop a hot dog stand

A swarm of bees caused a brief commotion in Times Square after they made their home atop a hot dog stand Credit Elizabeth Yannone AP

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.

Larry Gonoez, 70, a vendor selling hats across the street said of the bees: "They make their house - sometimes it breaks".

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

Mason said no one was hurt by the group of bees, who were apparently quite a chilled-out bunch.

The New York Police Department has a number of officers with skills in bee keeping according to the department's official bee keeper Twitter account. "We like to keep the families together". "They will re-hive them".

Experts say a swarm of bees this size is a rarity in the city, but not entirely unheard of.

People react to a swarm of bees in Times Square in New York City on Aug 28, 2018. I guess the bees love the unbeelievable sights here!' Blogger Victoria Kwan tweeted, "The building manager just announced over the PA that the NYPD is shutting down 43rd because of a "small swarm of bees" and everyone laughed, but I just checked Twitter for photos and this is no joke".

'Fear not, New Yorkers and tourists. "Midtown Manhattan is all abuzz about NYPD's ability to bee a full-service organization".

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