This was forwarded to me this morning.
Woman lights power pole on fire to get rid of beehive
VALLEJO, Calif. (United Press International) — Authorities in California said a 68-year-old woman was taken for a mental evaluation after she allegedly lit a power pole on fire to get rid of a beehive.
A Vallejo Fire Department spokesman said the woman used lighter fluid to ignite the power pole about a block from her Vallejo home. However, he said there were no reports of stings and the flames were quickly extinguished.
Police officers were apprehensive about exiting their vehicles to take the woman into custody.
“She thought they were killer bees,” a police lieutenant said. “The officers didn’t even stop. The bees were everywhere.”
(Since putting this up, have received a note from a beekeeper friend – see comments -who said that Vallejo was pretty far north in California (” …close to Oakland and San. Francisco area..” and so more likely not Africanized Honey Bees).