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Man killed, more than a dozen injured in California lightning storm


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, July 28, 2014, 13:12 GMT - A 20-year-old man is dead after being struck by lightning at a beach in Los Angeles, California.

At least a dozen others were shaken by the bolt, which happened during a rare lightning storm at Venice Beach. 

The man who was struck was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead, while nine others were also hospitalized, one in critical condition. Others were treated at the scene.

Elsewhere, a 57-year-old man was struck on a golf course on nearby Catalina Island. He is reported to be in a stable condition.

One man told KABC-TV he was struck while playing volleyball on the beach.

"All of a sudden there was a big flash of light and a boom, and it felt like someone punched me in the back of my head," Stuart Acher told KABC-TV. "It went down my whole side of my right body, and my calves sort of locked up and I fell over. And I looked up and everyone else was, you know, falling over."

With files from the Associated Press.


LIGHTNING AT HOME: Look below for video of lightning in the skies above Oakville, Ont., during the last night's severe storms.


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