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Panic Caused by 'Stinging' Substance Leads to Stampede in Italy Nightclub, 6 Dead

Local reports said around 1,000 people were in the Blue Lantern club in the town of Corinaldo on the Adriatic coast for a performance by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta.

AFP

Updated:December 8, 2018, 11:10 AM IST
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Panic Caused by 'Stinging' Substance Leads to Stampede in Italy Nightclub, 6 Dead
Firefighters tend to the injured in the stampede. (Image courtesy: Twitter)
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Rome: Six people died in a stampede at a nightclub near Ancona in central Italy after panic erupted in the early hours of Saturday morning, firefighters said.

"The cause may have been the dispersal of a stinging substance, the young people fled and trampled over each other. Sadly, six people died and dozens are injured," the fire service said in a statement on Twitter.

Local reports said around 1,000 people were in the Blue Lantern club in the town of Corinaldo on the Adriatic coast for a performance by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta.

The accident happened around 1.00 am (0000 GMT).

"We were dancing and waiting for the concert to start when we smelt this pungent odour," 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."
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