Six dead and 50 injured in nightclub stampede

Blanche Robertson
December 8, 2018

Six people, including 5 teenagers, were crushed to death in the early hours of Saturday in a stampede at a packed nightclub, officials said.

The dead included three girls and two boys and an adult woman, a mother who had accompanied her daughter to the disco in Corinaldo, where an Italian rapper was entertaining the crowd, police chief Oreste Capocasa confirmed.

The club was hosting a concert by Sfera Ebbasta, one of the best known Italian rappers, and up to 1,000 people were thought to be inside, BBC News reports.

A further 120 people were injured, including around 10 seriously, local media reported, citing local rescue authorities.

About 35 other people were injured, 12 of whom were in serious condition, Mr Capocasa said.

Poggiali also said he didn't have any immediately confirmation about use of any irritating spray.

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"I went out the main door". Some of those with minor injuries were treated and released from hospital, he added.

Firefighters had concentrated on giving first aid to survivors, stretched out on the road outside the club, before starting their investigation, Poggiali said.

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

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

Police have opened an investigation into the causes of the incident.

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