At least six killed in Italy nightclub stampede

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2018

A stampede of panicked teenagers at a nightclub in Italy has killed six people and injured more than 50 others, authorities said.

According to local media, the tragedy claimed at least six lives, including a mother who was accompanying her daughter to the event.

A police official told Sky Italia TV that the teenagers were all aged between 14 and 16, while the woman was 39.

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

Bobo Antic  APRelatives and friends comfort each others outside the morgue in Corinaldo Italy Dec. 8 2018
Bobo Antic APRelatives and friends comfort each others outside the morgue in Corinaldo Italy Dec. 8 2018

Nightclub patrons ran for the exits after someone sprayed a noxious substance similar to pepper spray.

It was Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta who was scheduled to perform at the venue which holds a capacity of 870.

Sfera Ebbasta, a well-known Italian rapper, was playing a concert at the time. Another eyewitness said a wall inside the club had collapsed in the melee.

However, police spokesman Cristian Carrozza later said they were still "trying to ascertain what had caused the youths to rush out", adding: "There are three exits and one of these was used".

Some survivors were quoted by Italian media as saying at least one fire exit was blocked when concertgoers tried to get out.

There were unconfirmed reports of pepper spray being used inside the club, triggering the stampede.

Firefighters concentrated at first on helping survivors, who were stretched out on the road outside the club, before starting their investigation, he said.

Teenagers were out due to the Immaculate Conception holiday in Italy in which high schools are closed.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella promised to work tirelessly to determine "any responsibility and negligence".

"Citizens have the right to safety wherever they are, in workplaces as well as places of entertainment", Mattarella said in a statement.

In 2017, a woman died and 1,500 were injured in a crush during the broadcast of a Champions League football match final in Turin when rumours of a bombing sparked panic.

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