FD: 11-year-old boy attacked by swarm of bees in Chandler

CHANDLER, AZ - What was supposed to be a simple job, quickly took an ugly turn.

“We’ve been asked by Circle K to clean up their lot here,” says Alan Piccinini of Ultimate Property Maintenance. 

He and his crew were working near the corner of Alma School and Knox roads in Chandler.

“We came across a pretty significant beehive, a pretty large one,” says Piccinini. “Those bees really started attacking our guys.”

A landscaper with a weed eater was all it took to agitate the massive swarm of bees.

“Needless to say, we started running for our lives to get away from it,” says Piccinini. “We tried to warn as many people as we could but unfortunately, some people got stung.”

One of those people was an 11-year-old boy who was walking nearby. He was stung at least a dozen times.

“He ran up to another landscaping truck, jumped in the back, and they brought him to a restaurant,” says Chandler Battalion Chief Tom Dwiggins.

Dwiggins tells ABC15, that's when they found out the boy was allergic to bees.

“He was in pretty serious condition en route to the hospital. However, they felt pretty good, the paramedics, he was starting to respond to the treatment they were giving him,” says Dwiggins.

Six people were stung, including Piccinini, who had to run from the bees just to get to our crew.

“Nothing like some of the other people, but I did get stung on my head. I was trying to shoo them, they were all over my hat.  It was just really crazy,” says Piccinini.

Not even news crews are immune to angry bees. An ABC15 photographer decided to call it a day when he was stung once on the nose.

According to the USDA, unless you are allergic, the average person can safely tolerate 10 stings per pound of body weight.

The average adult could withstand more than 1,100 stings. But with a child, 500 stings could be deadly.

If you are attacked by bees, remember these important steps:

--Run away quickly - and don't stop until you reach shelter.

--Protect your face if you can do so safely.

--Do NOT swat at the bees or flail your arms. Bees are attracted to movement. 

--Once you reach shelter, remove all stingers using your fingernail. Scrape it out sideways.

--Finally, call 911 to report a serious stinging attack.

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