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Thousands of bees swarm North Las Vegas neighborhood

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Nov 7, 2013

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a serious situation involving a swarm of bees.

The incident began around 12:40 p.m. Thursday near Kenneth Road and Orr Avenue.

Fire officials told Action News there were reports of bees swarming near Fay Herron Elementary School, which was put on lockdown.

When they arrived, firefighters found an 18-wheel transport truck hauling a flatbed, completely filled with bees.

The truck was reportedly heading to a farm in California to pollinate a crop, when the driver pulled over in the neighborhood to take a nap.

The sun heated up the bees, which were loosely enclosed in hives under a tarp, and when it became too hot they all began flying around.

Firefighters dressed in their bee mesh equipment and used foam to try and mitigate the bees from the area. A bee keeper was called in for assistance.

The North Las Vegas Police Department is investigating the circumstances regarding the tractor trailer, and the fire department is continuing the mitigation of the remainder of the bees with the bee keeper.

Several roads in the area were closed while crews got the situation under control, which took numerous hours.

Action News will post more information as it becomes available.