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Item #: SCP-XXXX (Formerly AO-S93/1974-9f-a6)

Object Class: Safe Euclid

Threat Level: Red

Special Containment Procedures: As of 7/15/20██, SCP-XXXX is contained in a hermetically sealed storage Bay 17 of the Artifact Vault at Site 93. SCP-XXXX is to be checked on weekly for any damage or corrosion, and calibration for the humidity and movement sensors are to be checked monthly.

SCP-XXXX may not be removed from Bay 17 without Site Director clearance or above. By order of the 05 council, testing is prohibited until further notice.

Instances of SCP-XXXX-A that generate in Bay 17 are to be captured for testing. If sufficient quantities of SCP-XXXX-A generate at once, Bay 17 extractor fans can be funneled directly into the site incinerator to prevent containment breach or injury to the staff. This process has been discontinued per Addendum XXXX-3

Individuals with allergies to bee stings are not to be assigned to projects relating to SCP-XXXX.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a standard 55-gallon (208 litre) steel drum, similar to those commonly manufactured and used in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The drum was originally painted a cobalt blue, and later had the words "LIVE BEES" added via a stencil and spray paint in a bright yellow. The object shows standard corrosion and wear for a drum that was in regular usage. The drum is sealed with a standard lid, using a gasket and pressure ring. After the events of 7/15/20██, SCP-XXXX now has a rough welded seam along the vertical axis of the drum from where it was split during Addendum XXXX-2.

The drum does not display any anomalous properties as long as it remains closed and properly sealed. Once opened, the drum produces live bees at a rate averaging 10 bees per minute initially, increasing at an exponential rate until it reaches [REDACTED]. The bees exiting SCP-XXXX are classified as instances of SCP-XXXX-A.

SCP-XXXX-A take the form of non-anomalous apiformes commonly found in nature. Testing on instances of SCP-XXXX-A collected so far has revealed them to be a representative sampling of both domesticated and wild bee populations, with no physiological or genetic differences presenting. Over 98% of SCP-XXXX-A are "generally healthy and in good spirits"1 upon exiting SCP-XXXX and behave with the same level of hostility expected from common apiformes.

Addendum XXXX-1: SCP-XXXX was recovered by Foundation Agents in April of 1974 following the string of tornadoes that struck █████, Ohio and surrounding areas.2

While investigating other incidents in the area, MTF groups mobilized from nearby Sites ██ and ██ were alerted to reports of unusual insect activity in the area. [REDACTED] initially suspected that SCP-████ may have been involved, however after two days of tracking patterns and swarm behavior, they were able to trace the source of the insects to SCP-XXXX, which was found partially submerged in a creekbed and covered in debris. Upon removing the blockages, SCP-XXXX began steadily generating further instances of SCP-XXXX-A until the lid was located and secured in place.

Once the object appeared to be 'neutralized' in the field, it was sent to Site 933 along with several hundred other Anomalous Objects to be further researched pending full SCP classification and storage.

** Excerpt from a 2006 interview with Dr. Estaban Garro, who was the Assistant Director of Site 93 in the 1970s. Dr Garro (now deceased) was at a E-Class Foundation-run retirement center at the time of this interview.

Addendum XXXX-2: On 7/15/20██, the full anomalous nature of SCP-XXXX revealed itself during the yearly "Operation Clean Sweep", a site-wide push to sort through the thousands of unclassified and under-classified anomalous objects stored at Site 93. Full details of the events are need to know and available only with Clearance XXXX/4 or with Site Director Approval

Addendum XXXX-3: Due to recent concerns about worldwide bee populations, increased effort is being placed in attempting to preserve and rehome instances of XXXX-A that manifest. This poses many logistical problems, as bees are social, communal, and territorial creatures that do not survive for any significant amount of time outside of a hive environment. Foundation representatives have been in contact with Wilson's Wildlife Solutions to develop more permanent beekeeping alternatives.