Dozens stung by wasps at Great Reno Balloon Races

AP News
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 1:01 PM

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Paramedics working the Great Reno Balloon Races say they treated as many as 50 people who were stung by wasps at the hot air balloon competition.

Extra crews were called to the regional park where the balloons launch about 7 a.m. Friday.

Paramedic Alan Tom says no one was seriously hurt or required hospitalization.

He told the Reno Gazette-Journal ( that about two dozen kindergarteners and their parents were among those stung.

Tom says they had to remove stingers from some victims and treat them with Benadryl and ointment.

Park officials say they intend to destroy the wasp nests once the crowds clear out for the day. They say the young children who were stung were allowed to move to the front of the line for a tethered balloon ride.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,