Drone operator gets stung by bees during Des Moines’ 4th of July celebration
On Monday night, during Des Moines’ July 4th celebration – while crowds were gathering – a small drone was seen and heard flying just inside the entrance to the beach park.
Des Moines Police say that the beach park was abuzz with people waiting for the fireworks to begin when something went awry.
Less than a minute after the drone started flying, it got stuck in a tree. The drone operator tried to get it out of the tree on its own power but was unsuccessful.
“A short time later, an individual came to the police command post and said that he had been stung numerous times by bees and that he is allergic to bee stings,” Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog. “He normally carries an epi-pen but it was in his vehicle parked several blocks away. The subject was given an anti-histamine and aid personnel from South King Fire and Rescue were requested to respond to the command post. The subject was evaluated by aid personnel and he was released with advice that if his medical condition worsened he should seek medical treatment at a local hospital.”
The individual showed police and fire personnel where he encountered the bee’s nest.
“Only then was it learned that he was the person who had been operating the drone that was seen flying earlier,” Jenkins added. “The individual said he was going to climb the tree to retrieve his drone but encountered the bee’s nest and was stung multiple times.”
“We examined him and he declined to receive any further treatment or transport,” Jeff Bellinghausen of South King Fire & Rescue added. “No word on the outcome of the drone.”
Police warned the individual that flying a drone in a crowded area was “not really a good idea.” He was also told he was in violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations by flying one within five miles of an airport. The individual was interested in retrieving his drone from the tree so he was told to contact the City Parks Department the next day regarding the best way to go about recovering his drone.
It is unknown if the pilot was able to successfully retrieve his drone from the tree, nor how severe his bee sting injuries are.