Italian nightclub stampede leaves six dead, dozens injured

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2018

Six people died, a lot of them teenagers, in a stampede at a nightclub near Ancona in central Italy after panic erupted in the early hours of Saturday morning, firefighters said.

Some reports suggested that police using pepper spray inside the Lanterna Azzurra club caused a panicked rush for the exits.

Italian fire officials and the ANSA news agency said concertgoers at a nightclub in the town of Corinaldo, on the Adriatic Sea, panicked and ran for the exits after someone sprayed a noxious substance.

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

Some of those with minor injuries were treated and released from a hospital, he said. Another eyewitness said a wall inside the club had collapsed in the melee.

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"It was a mess".

"I went out the main door". The barrier then appeared to give way, and a cascade of teenagers tumbled over it, falling on top of each other.

A teenager who survived the terrifying ordeal told Italian media: "We were dancing and waiting for the concert to start when we smelt this pungent odour".

The ages of the victims weren't immediately given. 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.

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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