Man killed during lightning strike

VENICE BEACH, California (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - One man is dead and a dozen others are injured after a rare lightning strike at California's Venice Beach.

The Los Angeles Coroner's Office says it's unclear if the man was killed by the lightning, drowned or was trampled by the crowd.

The lightning struck Sunday afternoon in the water and on the beach.

Most of the injured were either in or near the water.

Crowds were caught on camera running for safety.

"There was a flash of light and boom, and it felt like someone punched me in the back of the head and down the right side of my body," said one victim.

"I said this is not a good place to be, we should go inside, cause I don't feel like being killed today. Moments later all hell broke loose."

"The lightning hit a house on the corner which hit a power line that fell on my car and caught my car on fire."

Authorities say one person remains in serious condition Monday morning.

Six others have been hospitalized but are said to be doing okay.