Bees stung an 86-year-old man more than 1,000 times Saturday and attacked three other people after the man disturbed a 10-foot-tall hive as he mowed his lawn.
J.C. Johnson, his son, a police officer and an emergency worker were taken to the hospital. Police quarantined a 10-block area while beekeepers destroyed the hive.The bees attacked Johnson and then stung his 59-year-old son about 500 times as he tried to help his father. Both were in stable condition at Georgetown Hospital, spokeswoman Cathy Bryant said.
The officer and the emergency rescue worker were treated at the hospital and released, Bryant said.
It was unknown whether the bees were so-called killer bees, which are unusually aggressive.
Johnson disturbed the bees when he bumped the wall of a building next door. The hive was located between the frame and paneling.
Beekeepers, who dissolved the hive with soap and water, estimated there were about 75,000 bees in the hive, said fire Capt. Wayne Braun.