Bees Take Drone Down In West Palm Beach Florida!!!

     Hundreds of bees assaulted a drone operated by a CBS12 News crew in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday morning and then attacked the station’s team of journalists when they maneuvered the aircraft back toward them to figure out what was wrong. The crew sent the drone into flight in an attempt to get an aerial shot of a backhoe tearing into the Palm Beach Mall, which is in the process of being demolished. The drone, dinner-plate-sized device with four helicopter-like rotors and two cameras operated via iPhone or iPad, was assaulted by bees about a minute after takeoff. CBS12 News operations manager Carl Pugliese said the drone began having trouble flying at the same time that a ‘strange bug’ kept pestering him, getting in his hair and buzzing around him. Pugliese flew the drone closer so he could check why it was malfunctioning, and the angry bees that had formed a cloud around the drone began attacking Pugliese and CBS12 cameraman Chad Ellison, whom Pugliese captured dancing and swatting frantically to avoid being stung.

      Both took several stings. Pugliese can be seen, toward the end of the drone video, diving into his SUV to avoid the swarm. Unfortunately for him some tagged along inside, and he is seen trying to fling them out. He landed the drone from inside the car. The drone had stingers still embedded in its foam fuselage, and the whole thing was covered in what Pugliese termed ‘bee goo.’ It was the first reporting job for CBS12 reporter Jenna Caiazzo, who just arrived from Charlotte, N.C., and is allergic to bee stings. Fortunately, she avoided being stung by taking refuge inside the station’s live truck. Caiazzo says the bees were still buzzing around just before she went live with her report for the noon news, but ‘magically disappeared’ when she went on air.The mall is being taken down to make way for a designer outlet mall the city hopes will become a big attraction and a financial shot in the arm.

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