The attack came Friday afternoon at Muslim Community Mosque, Phoenix
All of the stung people were said to be in stable condition
The bees built their nest in the mosque’s eaves and were angered by noise
Africanized bees, or ‘killer bees’ are a particularly aggressive strain At this time of the year they tend to build new nests in secluded spaces
By James Wilkinson
More than 20 people were stung and one hospitalized when a swarm of up to 20,000 killer bees invaded a Phoenix mosque Friday afternoon.
The incident occurred at the Muslim Community Mosque near 32nd Street and McDowell Road, ABC 15 reported.
The road outside the mosque was shut down and fire crews dispatched to spray the building with foam in order to quell the swarms of angry bees.
The bees had formed a nest under the eaves of the mosque. One mosque worker there toldAzfamily.com that a man had already been booked for Saturday to remove the nest but the bees attacked earlier than expected.
Nearby residents were told to stay in their homes. John Chavarria, one such local, told ABC 15 that he witnessed the attack from his house.
‘I don’t know, it was just crazy how everyone was running everywhere,’ he said.
Miming swatting at bees around his head, he continued: ‘They were making some movements like that … some people would even fall in the grass over there and then they’d get up and start running.