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California lightning strike leaves one dead and 13 injured

A 20-year-old man has died after lightning struck 14 people at Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Catalina Island.

One witness described seeing a "flash of light and a boom" as the lightning struck.

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Eight people struck by lightning on California beach

Eight people have been struck by lightning on Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach following a series of thunderstorms in the region.

A man is treated by a paramedics after a lightning strike on Venice Beach. Credit: Reuters

A ninth person - reported to be a 57-year-old man - was taken to hospital after he was hit on a on a golf course on southern California's Catalina Island, authorities said.

Venice Beach experienced the extreme weather at around 2pm on Sunday, with a 15-year-old among the casualties.

The lightning strikes also sparked small brush fires on Catalina Island.

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