See the update at the end of the post about Irvine kids being safe from bees again.
ORIGINAL POST, Oct. 4, 2:00 p.m.:
It's pandemonium down at UC Irvine, where a bee swarm is apparently wreaking havoc.
“Swarm of bees in the area of Aldrich Park and Physical Sciences area occurred at 1:00 PM,” the university texted its students around 1:20 p.m. “Use caution when outside and stay out of Aldrich Park area until further notice.”
The sentence that followed contained what might be some of the most Irvine advice ever seen.
“Call 9-1-1 if you are stung or see a swarm of bees,” the text advised.
One can only imagine the legion of physicists now currently staring out their windows, phones at the ready.
Joking aside, the UCI Police Department, who has already received multiple bee calls, is advising students to stay out of the area and call 9-1-1 if they see the swarm or are stung. Paramedics are already on the scene and are available to provide treatment.
Anyone who can grab a photo of the bees,
send them to the us WHY ARE YOU PHOTOGRAPHING BEES RUN AWAY.
UPDATE, Oct. 4, 3:13 p.m.:
According to UC Irvine's emergency texting service, ZotAlert, the bee hive has been removed, and much of Aldrich Park has been reopened. The area around McGaugh Hall will remain closed until 5:00 p.m.
As one UCI student put it: “Fires at Berkeley, swarms of bees in Irvine… Napolitano has literally brought down the ten plagues on UC”