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(CNN) -- Nine people were injured Sunday afternoon after a rare lightning strike at California's Venice Beach. Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said the incident happened at 2:51 p.m. (5:51 p.m. ET) and that there have been isolated showers in the area.
The National Weather Service in Los Angeles tweeted at around the time of the strike that "cloud to ground lightning" had been reported in nearby Marina Del Rey and at the Los Angeles International Airport. "Stay indoors if you hear thunder until it passes," the Weather Service tweeted.
Witnesses tweeted they saw a huge bolt of lightning strike the area, with one Twitter user describing an explosion that blew off nearby roof tiles.
John Kades with the Los Angeles Coroner's office told CNN a man in his mid-20's died at Marina Del Rey Hospital after being transported from Venice Beach. It's too early however to determine if he died as a result of "a lightning strike, drowning, or being trampled by the crowd," according to Kades. Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main told CNN the lightning hit in the water and on the beach at 2:51 p.m. (5:51 p.m. ET). At least 13 patients -- all of whom were either in or near the water, according to Main -- were assessed on the scene, and of those, seven adults and one teenager were transported to local hospitals. One patient had to be pulled from the water, but it was not immediately clear if it was the man who later died.