Tree Branch Laden With Bee Swarm Falls on NYC Sidewalk

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014  |  Updated 12:55 PM EDT
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A tree branch laden with a heavy swarm of bees broke and fell onto a Manhattan sidewalk Wednesday before the NYPD's bee detective arrived to round up the insects.

A tree branch laden with a heavy swarm of bees broke and fell onto a Manhattan sidewalk Wednesday before the NYPD's bee detective arrived to round up the insects.

A tree branch laden with a heavy swarm of bees broke and fell onto a Manhattan sidewalk Wednesday before the NYPD's bee detective arrived to round up the insects.

Authorities responded to Third Avenue at 123rd Street in Harlem around 11 a.m., where the branch had fallen in front of a row of businesses, thousands of bees still clinging to it.

NYPD Detective Anthony Planakis, known as the department's "beekeeper commissioner," said the swarm appeared to have been there for two or three days.

The tree branch just couldn't hold the weight, and it plummeted to the ground, along with about half the swarm, he said,

"Luckily, nobody was standing on the sidewalk," he said. 

Planakis removed both parts of the swarm and took them away. No injuries were reported.

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