Six dead after panic sparks stampede at Italian nightclub

Lester Mason
December 8, 2018

Fire brigades said the stampede took place in the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in the town of Corinaldo.

A stampede of panicked teenagers at a nightclub in Italy has killed six people and injured more than 50 others, authorities said.

Three girls, two boys and a mother were killed in the panic as around 35 people were injured, Mr Capocasa said.

The ages of the victims weren't immediately given. Numerous injured suffered severe bruising while others had broken bones.

It was not immediately clear how many people were inside the club when the stampede erupted or what the venue's maximum capacity is. The disaster occurred at around 1 a.m. local time (0000 UTC).

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

Some reports say there was panic after pepper spray was sacked inside the club in the town of Corinaldo.

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

A 16-year-old boy told Ansa that fans were dancing while waiting for the start of the show when the stampede erupted. 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", said the Italian fire service on Twitter.

Italian media said the woman had gone with her daughter to the Lanterna Azzurra (Blue Lantern) disco in Corinaldo, near Ancona, where rapper Sfera Ebbasta, who is very popular with young teenagers, was set to perform.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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