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Eight hurt by lightning at beach

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Eight people were hurt, two severely, when lightning struck Venice Beach in Los Angeles on Sunday, emergency officials said.

All eight patients were hospitalized after the lightning hit near Ocean Front Walk, which faces the Pacific Ocean, around 2:15 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main.

One victim was in grave condition and another was critical, she said. The other victims, including a 15-year-old, were in fair condition.

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