Six dead in stampede at Italian nightclub

Emergency personnel attend to victims of a stampede at a nightclub in Corinaldo near Ancona Italy

The town of Corinaldo is on the eastern coast of Italy, near the city of Ancona.

At least six people, majority teenagers, were crushed to death in the early hours of Saturday in a stampede at a nightclub where a concert was being held, officials said. Numerous injured suffered severe bruising while others had broken bones.

RAI state radio said about 1,000 people were inside the disco when the stampede erupted.

A further 14 people are said to be seriously injured, with as many as 100 people injured in total.

The Italian news agency ANSA said the audience at Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta's concert at the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub panicked and ran for the exits after someone sprayed a substance similar to pepper spray.

The accident happened around 1:00am (00:00 GMT).

Media reports say the suspected use of a pepper spray-like substance sparked the chaos at the venue in the town of Corinaldo, near Ancona in central Italy. "The bouncers told us to go back", he said. The boy, who was being treated at a hospital, said that at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to flee.

One boy who was hospitalised said: "We were dancing and waiting for the concert to start..."

Italian high schools are usually open on Saturdays, but schools were closed this weekend for the December 8 national holiday of the Immaculate Conception.



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