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Bees build 10-pound honeycomb that broke a streetlight

Experts had to be called in to remove the insects.
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close up of honey bees flying

When a city worker got called out to fix a malfunctioning streetlight, he could have never guessed the culprit -- or culprits.

As electrician and crew leader Jan Wiercinski got close, he heard a buzzing noise and saw bees flying in and out of the base of the streetlight. Apparently, they'd built a hive large enough to short circuit the light.

If you're wondering how big it was: the city says it was a 10-pound honeycomb. While that might not be nearly as large as hives can get, it was enough to cause electrical problems in such a confined space.

Luckily, a professional removal organization was able to quickly and humanely relocate the bees outside city limits. 

The light has since been fixed.

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