6 people killed in Italian concert panic
ROME — Six people, all but one of them minors, were killed and about 35 others were injured in a stampede of panicked concertgoers early today at a disco in a small town on Italy’s central Adriatic coast, authorities said.
The dead included three girls and two boys and an adult woman, a mother who had accompanied her daughter to the disco in Corinaldo, where an Italian rapper was entertaining the crowd, police chief Oreste Capocasa said in nearby Ancona.
Twelve of the 35 injured were in serious condition, Capocasa said.
The ages of the victims weren’t immediately given. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were inside when the stampede broke out or the club’s maximum capacity.
Italian fire officials and the ANSA news agency said the audience at Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta’s concert at the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub panicked and ran for the exits after someone sprayed a substance similar to pepper spray.
A fire crew tweeted images from the scene and described “the dispersal of a stinging substance.”
A teenager told ANSA that he discovered that at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to flee. The report said authorities were investigating if the emergency exits were working.