Six killed, 100 injured in Italy nightclub stampede

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Corinaldo - 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.

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

The incident occurred at a disco in Corinaldo, where an Italian rapper was entertaining the crowd, police chief Oreste Capocasa said in nearby Ancona.

They said 12 of the injured were in serious condition.

The ages of the victims weren't immediately given. Numerous injured suffered crushing wounds.

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.

Six dead and dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy
Six people killed in Italian nightclub stampede

The accident happened around 1:00am (00:00 GMT).

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

A 16-year-old boy told ANSA that disco patrons were dancing while awaiting the start of the concert when the stampede erupted.

A teenager told ANSA he discovered that at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to flee.

Around 1 000 people - many of them young - were in the Lanterna Azzurra (Blue Lantern) club for a performance by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta. The boy, who was being treated at a hospital, said that at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to flee.

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