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Students swarmed by bees on way to school

Three students transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - It was a frenzy at Quince Orchard High School this morning, after bees attacked more than 30 students on their way to school.

Fire and rescue officials said a few students had adverse but minor reactions to the stings, and three students were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire and rescue located the hive in a bush across the street from the high school in front of a Dunkin Donuts.

Management of the shopping center has since sprayed and removed the hive.

"Some [students], in fact, had symptoms and had reactions, so we did classify it as a mass casualty incident,” said Pete Piringer, Spokesperson, MCFRS. “We sent dozens of fire [officials and] EMS, including our medical ambulance bus to the scene."

Officials could not confirm the type of bees or what agitated them in the first place.


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