Rap fans crushed to death in panic in Italian nightclub
SIX PEOPLE including five teenagers have been killed in a nightclub stampede.
More than 100 were also injured in the crush in Corinaldo, Italy.
It is believed to have been started after pepper spray was released into the crowd.
Five of the victims – three girls and two boys – were aged between 14 and 16.
A 39-year-old woman who accompanied her daughter to the rap concert also died as they fled the venue in the early hours of yesterday, police said.
The deaths were caused when a walkway leading out of Lanterna Azzurra nightclub collapsed, causing dozens of people to fall into a trench below.
Around 1,000 people were at the venue to see rapper Sfera Ebbasta perform to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Officials said 13 of the injured were seriously hurt in the crush at about 1am. The emergency services tweeted pictures of the wounded receiving treatment outside the club. Witnesses reported hundreds fleeing for the exits after a noxious substance resembling pepper spray was fired into the crowd.
Deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said in a statement:
“People cannot die like this. We will find those responsible for these six broken lives, those who out of malice, stupidity or greed have turned a party night into a tragedy.”
Italian news agency ANSA spoke to a teenager who said at least one of the nightclub exits was blocked.
The boy said: “We were waiting for the concert to start when we smelt this pungent odour.
“We ran to one of the emergency exits but found it blocked. The bouncers told us to go back.”
Authorities are investigating whether exits were open.
It is not clear how many people were inside the nightclub when the stampede happened.
TRAGEDY: Images of the injured receiving treatment outside the club were tweeted by the emergency services