Bees stopped play: swarm halts baseball game

Agence France-Presse

Posted at May 07 2019 06:55 AM

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A view of bees swarming the home plate camera prior to the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

LOS ANGELES, United States - A swarm of bees delayed the start of the Cincinnati Reds' home baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

The first pitch at Great American Ball Park was delayed by 18 minutes after the large swarm began buzzing around seats near home plate.

Several fans and players ran for cover after the swarm arrived in bright, sunny conditions.

Play finally got under way as the bees moved to the upper tiers of the stadium.

It was believed to be the third time bees have forced stoppages in Cincinnati.

The Reds' old Riverfront Stadium, which was demolished in 2002, saw games halted in 1976 and 1987 after bees swarmed the venue.

The disruption did not affect Cincinnati's offense however, with the Reds routing the Giants 12-4 when the Major League Baseball game finally got under way.