Six dead, dozens hurt in Italy night­club stam­pede

Kuwait Times - - International -

CORI­NALDO, Italy: Six peo­ple, in­clud­ing five teenagers, died and 120 were in­jured in a stam­pede when panic broke out dur­ing a rap con­cert at a packed Ital­ian night­club early yes­ter­day. The sus­pected use of a pep­per spray-like sub­stance is thought to have sparked the chaos at the venue in the town of Cori­naldo, near An­cona in cen­tral Italy, the fire ser­vice said in a state­ment on Twit­ter. But cara­binieri 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.”

The vic­tims in­clude three girls and two boys aged be­tween 14 and 16 and a 39-year-old woman who ac­com­pa­nied her daugh­ter to the con­cert. Some 10 peo­ple are in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, doc­tors said, with at least 120 in­jured in total. “Around 1,400 tick­ets were sold for the con­cert and the place could only ac­com­mo­date 870 peo­ple,” said Mon­ica Garulli from the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice in An­cona. The exit used led to a small bridge and the car park. The force of the flee­ing crowd made a rail­ing col­lapse and dozens of peo­ple fell, crush­ing those at the bot­tom of the pile, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Grainy mo­bile phone footage ap­peared to show part of a walk­way collapsing, send­ing dozens of peo­ple tum­bling down. Iron­i­cally, those who re­mained in­side the night­club were un­harmed. “We were danc­ing and wait­ing for the con­cert to start when we smelt this pun­gent odor,” a 16-year-old boy who was taken to hos­pi­tal told the me­dia. “We ran to one of the emer­gency ex­its but we found it blocked, the bounc­ers told us to go back.” — AFP

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