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Bee swarm shuts down NYC sidewalk

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New York City Det. Anthony Planakis removes the bee swarm. (Source: WCBS/CNN) New York City Det. Anthony Planakis removes the bee swarm. (Source: WCBS/CNN)

NEW YORK (WCBS/CNN) - A huge swarm of bees shut down foot traffic on one New York City sidewalk Monday.

Police showed up to relocate the roughly 16,000-strong swarm.

Specifically, the Now York Police Department called in their resident bee expert, Det. Anthony Planakis.

Even though he brought protective gear, the bee detective reaches up into the swarming hive with his bare hand.

He then calmly and gently shakes the bees loose, into a cardboard box.

You may call him crazy, but he says it's no big deal.

"They're very, very docile at swarm stage and that's why you saw me put my hand in there," he said.

The detective said he didn't even get stung.

Officials say the bees will be relocated to somewhere in Midtown Manhattan.

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