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Lightning strikes crowd on Venice Beach in Los Angeles

28 July 2014 Last updated at 13:44 BST

One person has been killed and at least 15 others taken to hospital in Los Angeles after being struck by lightning.

They were caught in a thunderstorm that hit Venice Beach in the early afternoon.

Another person was struck by lightning on a golf course on Catalina Island off the Californian coast.

Richard Lister reports.