Off Duty Fireman (who moonlight as a beekeeper) rescues New Mexico man from a swarm of 15,000 BEES that flew through an open window in his car as he left the supermarket
- The Albertson shopper returned to his car around 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon
- After they started driving off, they discovered thousands of bees in the car
- Off Duty Firefighter Jesse Johnson was called to the scene because he is a part-time beekeeper and was able to move all the bees to his own property
- Only one person – the store’s security guard – was stabbed during the incident
A swarm of bees chased a New Mexico shopper on Sunday after leaving his car window open during a supermarket run.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, firefighters in Las Cruces responded to reports of a swarm of bees in a car at a supermarket in Albertson, as the fire department shared on Facebook.
The owner of the car was shopping, and when he returned to the car with his groceries, he drove off before the swarm of bees cleared up, the fire department said.
About 15,000 bees swarmed in a car outside Albertson’s in Las Cruces on Sunday
Retired firefighter Jesse Johnson, who is also a beekeeper, was able to remove the bees
It is unclear where the bees came from or why they decided to attack this unidentified customer.
It’s also not clear how he called for help, but the sight of 15,000 bees buzzing around may have tipped someone off that he needed help.
Firefighters blocked the area around the car, which appears to be a ’90s Buick Century, to protect others before hiring an off-duty firefighter who is a beekeeper in his spare time.
Jesse Johnson used a beehive kit and lemongrass oil to lure the estimated 15,000 bees out of the vehicle.
They were moved to Johnson’s property outside of Las Cruces.
Firefighters were on site for nearly two hours while Johnson worked to remove and relocate the bees.
Remarkably, only one person – a security guard at the supermarket – was stabbed, with no mention of major injuries.
Johnson moved the bees to his own property, which took less than two hours
“The Las Cruces fire department does not regularly remove swarms of bees,” the fire department said on Facebook.
“To reduce the mid-afternoon danger of the large swarm arriving in an area with relatively high traffic, firefighters decided the best remedy was to have the swarm removed and relocated quickly.”
Several years ago, a swarm of bees attacked another resident of Las Cruces in their car.
The Las Cruces Fire Department revealed the crazy incident on Facebook after it happened
“It was a huge swarm of bees,” Seth Gillette said Las Cruces Sun-News in May 2017. “It was loud and the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Gillette’s brother was stung by one of the bees before they could roll up the windows of the car.