At least six, mostly teenagers, killed in Italy nightclub stampede

Bobo Antic  APA girl cries as bodies lie on the ground outside the disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo Italy Saturday Dec. 8 2018

A stampede at a rapper's concert at a crowded disco on Italy's central Adriatic coast killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, said police, who put the number of injured at 59.

Ancona police chief Oreste Capocasa said about 50 people were injured, 12 seriously.

The ages of the victims have not yet been given.

The cause of the stampede was not immediately clear but first reports on Italian media said the teenagers were trying to escape from the nightclub after someone had set off a can of pepper spray. Numerous injured suffered severe bruising while others had broken bones.

Revellers have died after a nightclub stampede near Ancona on the east coast of Italy.

Bobo Antic  APRelatives and friends comfort each others outside the morgue in Corinaldo Italy Dec. 8 2018
Bobo Antic APRelatives and friends comfort each others outside the morgue in Corinaldo Italy Dec. 8 2018

The local fire brigade said someone might have sprayed a substance like pepper spray into the crowd, triggering a panicked rush to the emergency exits. The disaster occurred at around 1 a.m. local time (0000 UTC).

A teenage survivor told Italian media: "We were dancing and waiting for the concert to start when we smelt this pungent odour".

Some survivors were quoted by Italian media as saying at least one fire exit was blocked when concertgoers tried to get out.

"Perhaps because of the dispersal of a stinging substance, boys flee by panic trampling".

Up to 1,000 people were said to have been inside for a gig by the Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta when panic broke out at about 1am.

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