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Lightning Strike Causes Injuries, 1 Death

We were exiting the 10 Freeway at Lincoln when we heard a MASSIVE thunderclap, which apparently caused a number of injuries. This is a breaking story so we will update as more details come in, or report what you saw in the forums.

UPDATE 10:30 AM 7/28/2014: The Santa Monica Mirror reports that the Coroner has released the name of the swimmer who died yesterday, 20 year-old Nick Fagnano.

UPDATE 6:13 PM: KABC reporting on air that one person has died at the hospital.

UPDATE 4:58 PM  LAFD Alert reports that, of 8 people transported and treated, 1 adult transported in grave condition, and 1 adult transported in critical condition, 6 in fair condition.

UPDATE 3:53 PM: LAFD Alert system reports now 9 people total transported to the hospital from the scene.

UPDATE 3:40 PM : We spoke with Katherine Main, spokesperson for LAFD, details are still coming in:

2:21 LAFD was called to 3500 Ocean Front Walk, and treated and transported 8 patients, 7 adults, one 15 year-old.  LAFD is evaluating an additional patient, and LA County Lifeguards are searching the water for a possible additional person.

ALL PHOTOS BELOW COURTESY STEVE CHRISTENSEN:

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