Human Interest Firefighters Remove 15,000 Bees from Car Parked Outside of a Grocery Store: 'Bee-utiful Job!' An off-duty firefighter, who doubles as a beekeeper, helped to safely remove the bees that engulfed a Buick car By Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Hahn is a Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter since 2017 and has interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 30, 2021 05:21 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Las Cruces Fire Department One off-duty firefighter in New Mexico got the rare chance to show off his beekeeping skills when he helped to remove thousands of bees from a car parked outside of a grocery store this weekend. The Las Cruces Fire Department responded to an unusual call on Sunday afternoon — a swarm of bees had made their home inside a Buick car in an Albertson's parking lot. According to the department, the car's owner said he had put his grocery's inside the vehicle and was about to drive away when he noticed the swarm in the backseat. "After blocking off the immediate area to ensure the safety of nearby shoppers, Las Cruces firefighters called upon the services of off-duty firefighter Jesse Johnson who, in his spare time, is a beekeeper," the department said in a post to Facebook. Pregnant Ohio Mom Poses with 20,000 Bees on Her Belly in Shocking Maternity Shoot: 'It Was a Spiritual Experience' Las Cruces Fire Department Las Cruces Fire Department "Johnson arrived with the proper tools for the trade – a hive kit, lemongrass oil, gloves and proper attire – and was successful in removing the bees from the car and relocating them to a more suitable location," they added. Shocking pictures from the scene show a large grouping of bees in the car's backseat, with many others flying around the parking lot. The department says the bees inside the vehicle are estimated to number about 15,000. Potentially Deadly 'Murder Hornet' Bees Found in U.S. for the First Time Johnson was able to remove them and relocate them to an area on his property. "The fire crew was on scene for nearly two hours while the bees were removed and rehomed," the department said in a statement. "A security guard at Albertson's was stung and it is possible a few patrons may have had close encounters, but no major injuries were reported." RELATED VIDEO: 20,000 Bees Swarm Car "The Las Cruces Fire Department does not regularly remove bee swarms," they continued. "However, to mitigate the mid-afternoon hazard the large swarm presented in a relatively high-traffic area, firefighters determined the best remedy was to have the swarm removed and relocated swiftly." The department's Facebook post garnered a ton of attention from locals, who took their chance to make hilarious puns poking fun at the situation. "Bee-Z day for LCFD," one commenter wrote. Added another: "Bee-utiful job LCFD!"