A 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people, authorities said.
Witnesses said they saw a glare of light and heard a tremendous boom as lightning struck the water off of Venice Beach around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Swimmers cooling off on a muggy day, volleyball players on the sand and people strolling the famous boardwalk were jolted.
A 20-year-old man was taken from the beach to a hospital where he died, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released.
Confirmation of the cause of death was pending an autopsy. Dietz said he also can’t confirm whether the man was a swimmer who was pulled from the water and given CPR.
Twelve other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were examined after they felt the effects of the lightning, ranging from anxiety to a man who needed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. However, not all were necessarily actually struck by lightning, said Katherine Main, a city fire spokeswoman.