Bees attack children, adults at midtown park

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Bees attack children, adults at midtown park

By Taylor Higgins . CREATED Sep 28, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 28, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Multiple people attending a birthday party in a park were stung by a swarm of bees Saturday afternoon.

Capt. Chris Jurvig with the Tucson Fire Department tells KGUN9 that close to 20 people, including children and adults were stung at the Fort Lowell Park, near Craycroft Road and Glenn Street just before 5:00 p.m.

Emergency medical personnel inspected the bee stings and determined that no one was seriously injured, Jurvig said.

Most people were only stung once or twice, according to Jurvig.

Firefighters then helped the party-goers move to another area of the park and then they killed the bees to ensure that no one else was stung, Jurvig said.

Crews did not transport anyone for further treatment, and firefighters gave the kids a tour of the fire truck, according to Jurvig.

Jurvig cautions the community with getting to close to a bee hive. He says people should avoid them as they would snakes and other dangerous animals. Most of the time bees will mind their business unless provoked.

Finally, Jurvig says you should not swat at bees as this can upset them and trigger an attack.