At least six people died, and dozens were injured in a disco on the central Italian Adriatic coast on Saturday, during a rush of panicky concertgoers, including many teenagers.
The dead included three girls and two boys and a woman About 50 people were injured in the incident at one o'clock local time.
The woman accompanied her daughter to the discotheque in Corinaldo near Ancona, where a rapper was supposed to perform, Ancona police chief Oreste Capocasa said.
"It was a mess, and the doormen picked out the people," one unidentified witness told the RAI state radio. "I went through the main door, people fell one after the other, absurd."
"It was a mess." I walked through the main door, people fell one upon the other, one after the other, absurd. "
It is believed that up to 1,000 people live in the Club Lanterna Azzuerra (Blue Lantern), in which the Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta was housed.
There was panic After the BBC pepper spray was fired at the club, citing other reports.
But Ancona Firefighters Cmdr. Dino Poggiali said he had received no immediate confirmation from the survivors that the use of an irritating spray, such as pepper spray, had caused panic.
A 16-year-old boy told the Italian news agency ANSA that disco guests danced while waiting for the concert to begin when the onslaught broke out.
"We danced and waited for the concert when we smell the pungent smell," the boy said, according to Al Jazeera. "We went to one of the emergency exits, but we found it was blocked, and the doormen told us to go back."
The boy was treated in a hospital.
The authorities did not immediately state how old the victims were, but RAI State Radio said the deceased mother was 40.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.