Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Six people killed in panicked stampede at Italian nightclub

Rescuers assist injured people outside the club Rescuers assist injured people outside the club
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2018, 12:44

The provincial capital of Ancona is the nearest big town.

Six people have been killed and more than 100 injured, 10 of them seriously, in a stampede at a nightclub in Italy, officials say. The Lanterna Azzurra club was packed at the time and numerous injured suffered crushing wounds.

Fire brigades said the stampede took place in the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in the town of Corinaldo, near Ancona, on the Adriatic coast, where rapper Sfera Ebbasta was performing.

Fourteen of the injured were in serious condition, and 40 others less seriously injured, Mr Poggiali said.

Five children are among six people who have died in a stampede at an Italian nightclub, police have 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 disaster occurred at around 1 a.m. local time (0000 UTC).

"Perhaps because of the dispersal of a stinging substance, boys flee by panic trampling". It quoted one teenager as saying that the emergency exit was blocked.

A teenage survivor told Italian media: "We were dancing and waiting for the concert to start when we smelt this pungent odour". According to Associated Press, one of the survivors said that some of the emergency exits were locked when the attendees tried to escape the building.

The Italian police have opened an investigation into the cause of the incident.