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Lanterna Azzurra stampede: At least 6 dead, dozens wounded in the Italian nightclub, officials say



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Updated on December 8, 2018 02:12 EST

ROM – On Saturday, in a small town in a small town in a small village near panic-stricken concertgoers, six people were killed and dozens, except for a minor injured authorities on the central Italian Adriatic coast. A teenage survivor told ANSA when he tried to escape, he discovered that at least one of the emergency exits was closed.

The dead included three girls and two boys and a grown woman, a mother who had accompanied her daughter to the disco in Corinaldo near Ancona, where a rapper was supposed to appear, said Ancona police chief Oreste Capocasa.

The club hosted a concert by Sfera Ebbasta, one of Italy's best known rappers, and up to 1

,000 people were in the press, according to the BBC News. The club of Lanterna Azzurra was fully occupied at that time, and many of the injured suffered serious injuries.

The bodies of the trampled victims were all found near a low wall in the disco. Ancona Firefighters Cmdr. Dino Poggiali told Sky TG24 News.

Asked by the survivors' reports that at least one emergency exit door was blocked or did not work, Poggiali said it was too early in the investigation to know if security breaches had a role to play. He said when rescuers arrived, all the doors of the discotheques were open.

He said he had not received immediate confirmation from survivors that the use of an irritating spray like pepper spray had caused panic. 19659003] Fourteen of the injured were in serious condition, and about 40 others were less seriously injured, Poggiali said. Some of them with minor injuries were treated and discharged from a hospital, he said. The firefighters had focused on providing first aid to the survivors before they started their investigation, Poggiali said.

The Italian news agency ANSA said that the audience of the Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta in the nightclub Lanterna Azzurra panicked and ran for the exits after someone sprayed a substance similar to pepper spray.

"It was a mess, and the doormen picked out the people," one unidentified witness told RAI Radio. "I went through the main door, people fell one after the other, absurd."

A 16-year-old boy told ANSA that disco guests danced while they waited for the concert to begin, the stampede broke out. The boy who was treated in a hospital said that at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to escape.

The authorities did not immediately state how old the victims were, but RAI's state radio station told the deceased mother was 40 years old, and about 1000 people were at the start of the onslaught.

The Carabinieri paramilitary police investigated the cause in addition to the fire officials.

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