Lightning from a line of thunderstorms moving over the Los Angeles area killed a 20-year-old man and injured 13 other people on Sunday, officials said.
The victim was rushed from Venice Beach in grave condition after a lightning strike there in the afternoon, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The county coroner said he died a few hours later at Marina del Rey Hospital; officials did not release his identity.
Thirteen other people were evaluated on the scene, at the south end of the beach in front of Marina del Rey, said Katherine Main, a spokeswoman for the fire department. Six adults and a 15-year-old were taken to area hospitals; one was in critical condition, while the others were in fair condition.
The victims were on the beach or in the water when the lightning struck.
The National Weather Service had advised Angelenos to stay indoors if they heard thunder, after a spotter reported “cloud-to-ground” lightning over the area, which is near Los Angeles International Airport.
Witnesses described seeing a huge bolt of lightning hit the area around 2:20 p.m.