Yellow Jackets Don't Like Fireworks

A fireworks display Friday at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California drew crowds of people -and yellow jackets! A swarm of insects stung fairgoers when their nest was disturbed.
The wasp attacks began shortly after the fireworks show started at 9:15 p.m. About 5,000 people were in the grandstands, and 15 minutes later sting victims started showing up in the first aid area, Knowles said.

"Apparently there were a number of (yellow jackets) also in attendance for the fireworks display last night," Knowles said Saturday.

She said emergency personnel at the fair set up a triage area to care for those who were stung. Everyone was treated on site and there were no hospitalizations, Knowles said.

By midnight Friday, an exterminator located and removed a ground nest, Mitchell said. The yellow jackets were probably disturbed by the vibrations as the fireworks were launched, not the explosions overhead, she said.

None of the victims were allergic to the stings. Link

(Image credit: Flickr user ChrisK4u)

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Strange, yesterday I was being kinda dumb and was throwing fireworks at a wasp nest. I was not stung at all. One hit less than a centimeter away and the wasps didn't attack me. I know that the wasps were alive since they did move away from where the fireworks hit. After reading this I consider myself far more lucky than before.
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Oh yeah, killing animals is the right way to do this. How about you leave the area? If they built a nest in your home I understand, but it's the other way around here.
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