Six dead in Italian nightclub stampede

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2018

In this frame taken from video rescuers assist injured people outside a nightclub in Italy where st least six people were killed in a stampede of panicked concertgoers.

The woman had accompanied her daughter to the disco in Corinaldo, near Ancona, where a rapper was set to perform, Ancona Police Chief Oreste Capocasa said.

Around 1,000 people - many of them young - were in the Lanterna Azzurra (Blue Lantern) club for a performance by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta.

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

Survivors said at least one emergency exit door was blocked or did not work.

The ages of the victims have not yet been given.

Five children are among six people who have died in a stampede at an Italian nightclub, police have said. The disaster occurred at around 1 a.m. local time (0000 UTC).

Nightclub patrons ran for the exits after someone sprayed a noxious substance similar to pepper spray. Numerous injured suffered severe bruising while others had broken bones. "The bouncers were getting the persons out", one unidentified witness told RAI state radio.

"Perhaps because of the dispersal of a stinging substance, boys flee by panic trampling". According to Associated Press, one of the survivors said that some of the emergency exits were locked when the attendees tried to escape the building.

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