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6 people dead, dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy

08 December 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.

Five minors, including three girls and two boys, and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the night club died, police chief Oreste Capocasa told AP.

Fire brigades said the stampede took place in the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in the town of Corinaldo, near Ancona, on the Adriatic coast. The Lanterna Azzurra club was packed at the time and numerous injured suffered crushing wounds.

Twelve of the 35 injured were in serious condition, Mr Capocasa said.

Six dead and dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy
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Authorities did not immediately say how old the victims were, but RAI state radio said the mother was 40, and that about 1,000 people were inside when the stampede began. The disaster occurred at around 1 a.m. local time (0000 UTC).

Asked about survivors' accounts that at least one emergency exit door was blocked or didn't work, Poggiali said it was too early in the investigation to know if any safety violations might have played a role.

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

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6 people dead, dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy