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TV Reporter’s Hair Gel Attracts Stinging Swarm of Bees

June 21, 1995

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) _ A TV reporter’s hair gel apparently attracted a swarm of bees that stung him more than 30 times Tuesday.

KVEW reporter Mychal Limric, 24, was doing a story on the science of beekeeping when bees from a hive about 50 feet away suddenly darted toward his head, KVEW-TV News Director Tom Spencer said.

Camerawoman Dao Vu and beekeeper Irv Pfeiffer tried to brush the bees off, then Pfeiffer slammed a protective hood over Limric’s head _ which also turned out to contain bees, Spencer said.

Limric took cover in a vehicle.

He was treated at a hospital for more than 30 stings on the scalp and face, Spencer said. Limric wasn’t expected to have any lasting ill effects.

Spencer said Limric’s hair gel seemed the only logical catalyst for the attack, since the stings were mostly on his scalp. Vu and Pfeiffer, who weren’t wearing any gel, were standing next to Limric but were not attacked. Spencer wasn’t able to say exactly what was in the gel.

Kennewick is located about 180 miles southeast of Seattle.

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