Shoppers were forced to run for cover as an enormous swarm of bees descended onto a city in 'horror film' scenes.
The mass of insects filled the air over on The Strand, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent at around midday yesterday.
Witnesses said shoppers were "running and screaming" as they tried to escape being stung by the thousands of bugs.
Sarah Swift, who manages the SavannaTan tanning shop opposite, recorded a clip of the swarm around some hanging baskets.
To keep herself, staff and customers safe, Sarah shut the doors and windows to prevent the bees from getting inside, reports StokeOnTrent Live .
The 48-year-old said: "There was a massive swarm of bees all around the shop and attacking the flowers, there must have been a good thousand of them.
"They moved up the road and they just appeared out of nowhere. Everybody was shutting the windows in their cars and people were running away.
"The bees were buzzing around for a good hour and people were running indoors or giving them a wide berth. It was just shocking, you could just see a dark swarm of bees.
"Longton went really quiet really quickly while it was happening because nobody would walk past them. It needs to be sorted out, my son is here and he has an allergy to bees.
"It was very surreal, it was a bit like something out of a horror film. You could hear people screaming and see them running. It's not something you expect to happen. It was a bit scary."
Sunny Singh owns the Fish Net chippy next door.
The 38-year-old, from Birmingham, said: "There was a big swarm and it travelled up the road, they just spread out everywhere. A customer pointed it out to me and said 'look at all those bees'.
"Some people stopped and took pictures and others were running away across the road out of the way. I just closed all the windows and doors because you couldn't tell which way the bees were going to go for about half an hour.
"But now they have formed a nest on the hanging baskets, I've never seen anything like it before, it was a bit like a film. I just didn't want them to get inside."
And 31-year-old Toly Rai, who manages Subway on The Strand, from Trentham , said: "We just looked outside and there was loads of bees everywhere, it was crazy.
"They've now formed a nest on the hanging baskets, one minute they were buzzing around everywhere and next minute they formed the nest. There were thousands of them.
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