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At least six people have died following a run on a nightclub in Italy that has injured dozens. Most of those killed are minors who participated in a rap concert at Club Lanterna Azzurra in the town of Corinaldo on the Adriatic coast.
There were unconfirmed reports that pepper spray was used in the club that triggered the stampede. A railing in front of the nightclub then collapsed, causing many people to fall over a ledge and others fell on them.
Seven people are in critical condition and hospitalized, and fourteen were hospitalized in serious condition. CNN reports that one hundred people have been treated for injuries.
The New York Times reports that 1,400 tickets to the concert were sold by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta, though the club can only legally hold 870 people.
Interior Minister According to Matteo Salvini, the investigators investigated whether "ammonia, pepper spray, toxic substances" had been used before the onslaught at the club, according to The New York Times .
Salvini then tweeted the rush to visit the nightclub, and the officials will respond as soon as possible.
Ora a Corinaldo ( #Ancona ), In my opinion the Discoteca del tragico squeezes.
Tutte le Istituzioni More info per night with breakfast possible.
Nel frattempo, una preghiera per chi ha perso la vita and chi sta ancora lottando.
Vi tengo aggiornati. pic.twitter.com/ysnefezONX
– Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) December 8, 2018
In a statement, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said he would work tirelessly to determine what was responsible for the deaths in the nightclub. "Citizens have the right to feel secure everywhere, at workplaces and in recreational areas, so extra attention must be paid to security at crowded meeting points through tight controls," said Mattarella. "Nobody should die that way."
Musician Ebbasta said he was deeply saddened by the tragedy in a post on Instagram.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio published the names of victims between the ages of 14 and 16 on his Facebook page. Di Maio wrote that the government had done everything in its power to determine "whether all security measures had been observed".