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Phoenix park abuzz after monsoon rips open beehive

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Exterminator Blake Reible estimates 10,000 to 30,000 bees were still in the hive that was damaged by Saturday's monsoon. (Source: CBS 5 News) Exterminator Blake Reible estimates 10,000 to 30,000 bees were still in the hive that was damaged by Saturday's monsoon. (Source: CBS 5 News)
"The hive on the ground is potentially dangerous because other bees will come down from the upper hive to protect the ones on the ground," Reible says. (Source: CBS 5 News) "The hive on the ground is potentially dangerous because other bees will come down from the upper hive to protect the ones on the ground," Reible says. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Thomas Rorie says he was stung five times while standing under this stand of trees in Sand Lily Park. (Source: CBS 5 News) Thomas Rorie says he was stung five times while standing under this stand of trees in Sand Lily Park. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It's hidden in one of the only clusters of trees at Sand Lily Park near 25th Avenue and Cactus Road in north Phoenix.

Thomas Rorie didn't know at the time, but hovering 40 feet above his head was a massive bee hive.

"Last week, I got stung five times right where you're standing. I'm lucky not to be allergic," Rorie said.

Strong winds from Saturday's monsoon broke it apart, leaving pieces of the hive scattered on the ground. Rorie discovered chunks of honeycomb under a tree while he was walking his dog the next morning.

"There was probably 1,000 bees just on the ground," Rorie said.

To warn park visitors, Rorie roped off the area with some tape the Phoenix Fire Department gave him and called police.

Someone with the city came out later that day and said the problem would be taken care of on Monday. Three days later, the bees were still there, so Rorie called CBS 5 News.

Wednesday afternoon, CBS 5 News contacted the head of the parks department, asking why nothing had been done. A city official said there had been a communication error and the message was never passed along.

Exterminator Blake Reible was dispatched within the hour. He has worked for Citywide Pest Control for two years.

"This hive is pretty big. If you get up there, it will probably be between 10,000 and 30,000 bees," Reible said.

Reible immediately removed the honeycomb on the ground.

"The hive on the ground is potentially dangerous because other bees will come down from the upper hive to protect the ones on the ground," Reible said.

City officials said the hive would be cut down Thursday morning.

Reible said the hive is so large he will have to remove the entire branch it's attached to make sure the bees don't come back.

Citywide Pest Control spokeswoman Angela Lindgren confirmed early Thursday afternoon that the hive was removed and destroyed.

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