A man died and several people were injured Sunday afternoon after a rare lightning strike at California’s Venice Beach.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said the incident happened at 2:51 p.m. (5:51 p.m. ET) and that there have been isolated showers in the area.
KTLA reports a 20-year-old man died from his injuries. Eight others were taken to local hospitals, including one victim who was 15. Several others were treated at the scene.
The National Weather Service in Los Angeles tweeted at around the time of the strike that “cloud to ground lightning” had been reported in nearby Marina Del Rey and at the Los Angeles International Airport. “Stay indoors if you hear thunder until it passes,” the Weather Service tweeted.
Witnesses tweeted they saw a huge bolt of lightning strike the area, with one Twitter user describing an explosion that blew off nearby roof tiles.
The extent of the injuries was not immediately known. All of the victims were transported to local hospitals.
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