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8 injured after lightning strike at beach

ABC News logo ABC News 7/22/2019
a truck is parked in a parking lot: Police respond to reports of injuries following a lightning strike at  Clearwater Beach, Fla., July 21, 2019. © WFTS Police respond to reports of injuries following a lightning strike at Clearwater Beach, Fla., July 21, 2019.

Lightning struck at a Florida beach on Sunday, leaving eight people injured, police said.

The victims were struck at Clearwater Beach near Tampa on Sunday afternoon, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

The department said one person was hit by the strike directly and rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Another person was treated for burns and three others were hospitalized as a precaution.

a group of people on a beach: Clearwater Beach, Fla., is pictured in this image made from video on July 21, 2019. © WFTS Clearwater Beach, Fla., is pictured in this image made from video on July 21, 2019.

At least three others were injured, but refused treatment at the scene. Lightning was also blamed for at least three fires in the area on Saturday.

The Clearwater Fire and Rescue said it's common for people to stay on the beach to watch the storms pass, but it's dangerous.

"Beachgoers should take cover and go to a safe place when lightning and thunder are present. As a reminder, Clearwater Fire and Rescue uses the phrase: when you hear the roar, go indoor," the fire department told ABC affiliate WFTS.

ABC News' Greg Bradbury contributed to this report.

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