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At least one person was killed and up to eight others injured when freak lightning struck the bustling Venice Beach of southern California, officials said. The fatal victim, an unidentified man in his 20s, died as he was being rushed from the beach to the hospital after the lightning struck on Sunday, Larry Dietz at the Los Angeles Coroner's Department told AFP. Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main earlier told AFP that seven adults and a 15 year-old were rushed to area hospitals after the lightning stuck, but would not confirm any fatality. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms struck the busy area around 2115 GMT Sunday.