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6 people dead, dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy

Emergency personnel attend to victims of a stampede at a nightclub in Corinaldo near Ancona Italy in this undated handout Six dead and dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy
Jeannette Daniel | 08 December, 2018, 11:39

Some 1,000 people were said to have been inside the Lanterna Azzurra (Blue Lantern) nightclub in the town of Madonna del Piano on the Adriatic coast.

A stampede of panicked teenagers at a nightclub in Italy has killed six people and injured more than 50 others, authorities said. "Sadly, six people died and dozens are injured", the fire service said in a statement on Twitter.

The woman had accompanied her daughter to the disco in Corinaldo, near Ancona, where a rapper was set to perform, Ancona Police Chief Oreste Capocasa said.

The ages of the victims were not immediately given and it was not yet clear how many people were inside when the stampede erupted.

The Lanterna Azzurra club was packed when, some local reports suggest, pepper spray was sacked inside the club in Corinaldo.

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

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The accident happened around 1am local time.

The Lanterna Azzurra club was hosting a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta and up to 1,000 people were thought to be inside.

A 16-year-old boy told ANSA news agency disco patrons were dancing while waiting for the concert to start when the stampede erupted.

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.

"Perhaps because of the dispersal of a stinging substance, boys flee by panic trampling".

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