Italian nightclub stampede leaves six dead, dozens injured

Nellie Chapman
December 8, 2018

Around 1,000 people had entered the club to watch Sera Ebbasta perform at the club, situated on the central Adriatic coast.

Six people died and dozens were injured in a stampede when panic broke out during a rap concert at an Italian nightclub Saturday morning, the fire service said. The Lanterna Azzurra club was packed at the time and numerous injured suffered crushing wounds.

Fourteen of the injured were in serious condition, and 40 others less seriously injured, Mr Poggiali said.

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. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside when the stampede erupted or the club's maximum capacity.

The ages of the victims have not yet been given.

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The tragedy took place around 1:00am local time. A teenage survivor told ANSA that when he tried to flee, he discovered that at least one of the emergency exits was locked.

"The cause may have been the dispersal of a stinging substance, the young people fled and trampled over each other".

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

La Repubblica newspaper quoted a survivor as saying that at least one of the exits was blocked.

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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