6 peo­ple killed in Ital­ian concert panic

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - International -

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.

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