Thousands of bees besiege hot dog stand in New York's Times Square

A police officer wearing a mesh-hooded protective suit collects the bees using a vacuum cleaner-like device. It's unknown what attracted the bees to the umbrella.

'We try to get as many as we can, ' Lauriano explained to the New York Post. The collection of bees immediately became the biggest attraction at the NY tourist destination with hundreds of people lining up to snap a photo.

A swarm of thousands of bees made their home atop the umbrella of a Sabrett hot dog stand in the heart of Times Square, prompting a police response and the closure of a city street Tuesday afternoon. "And I'm allergic to bees, so I want to see it, but keep my distance away from it".

The New York Police Department has a number of officers with skills in bee keeping according to the department's official bee keeper Twitter account.

Simone, a tourist from London who did not offer her last name, said, "It's a bit scary".

It took Lauriano 45 minutes to carefully vacuum the bees. "It's scary. What's it doing in the middle of town?" Let's hope that the police also had some EpiPens on hand, because with that many bees buzzing around, at least one person is bound to get stung.

People react to a swarm of bees in Times Square in New York City, U.S., August 28, 2018.