Massive bee swarm on hot dog stand brings a Times Square intersection to a standstill

Massive bee swarm on hot dog stand brings a Times Square intersection to a standstill

If you've got a phobia of bees, this is your worst nightmare. Although, let's be honest, a swarm this big isn't exactly pleasant for the rest of us. The total number that swarmed a small area of New York City on Tuesday amounted to an estimated 20,000 - and all around one hot dog stand.

When a clump of bees infested the umbrella of a hot dog vendor in Times Square at around 1:30 in the afternoon, people in the area kept their distance. But that didn't stop them from filming the incident and sharing it across social media. On top of that, thousands watched a Reuters livestream of the incident, as the stand was located just outside the news agency's New York headquarters.

A large section of Times Square had to be shut down as they were removed, with no clue as to where they came from or why they swarmed the area so far. An officer came in full protective gear to vacuum them away, with the cleansing of the area taking around 40 minutes.

The incident was located above an intersection near the Hard Rock Cafe, at Broadway and West 43rd Street. You can see the officer removing the bees in the video below:

When he was asked if it was safe to remain in the area, one police officer reportedly pointed to his colleague and said: “He’s sucking them up. There’ll be no more problems.”

While it looks like this incident was promptly dealt with, it may put some of you off having a hot dog anytime soon.