It started out as just another warm sunny day in Southern California’s well-known Venice Beach. Which is world renowned for its canals, beaches and circus-like boardwalk.
On Sunday afternoon, around 2:51pm a powerful lightning bolt struck the water causing a major frenzy. Panic set all throughout the beach, as people ran for cover while lightning flared down. Which in turn left 13 people injured and one dead.
According to the coroner’s report, it’s too early to determine whether he died from “a lightning strike, drowning or being trampled by the crowd.”
Lightning related deaths are a rare occurrence in California. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, between 1959 and 2012, 31 people have died after being struck by lightning.