Published: Sat, December 08, 2018

Six dead and dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy

Six dead and dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy

Six people, including 5 teenagers, were crushed to death in the early hours of Saturday in a stampede at a packed nightclub, officials said. People fell, one after the other, on top of each other.

The Italian fire service tweeted: "The cause may have been the dispersal of a stinging substance, the young people fled and trampled over each other". News reports said the wall was about 1 to 1.5 meters (3 to 5 feet) high.

What is "probably true is that there were ... more people inside than was permissible", Salvini said, without citing figures. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside when the stampede erupted or the club's maximum capacity.

Sky Italia TV has reported that the teenagers were all aged between 14 and 16, while the woman was 39.


The club was hosting a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta and around 1,000 people are believed to have attended the event, according to BBC.

There was panic after pepper spray was sacked inside the club, according to the BBC, citing other reports.

"People can not die like this", said Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who also serves as interior minister. A teenage survivor told ANSA that when he tried to flee, he discovered that at least one of the emergency exits was locked. But Salvini said initial investigation "appears to knock down that possibility". Mr Poggiali said it was too early in the investigation to know if safety violations might have played a role. He said that when rescuers arrived, all the doors were open.

Poggiali said he didn't have any immediate confirmation from survivors that the use of an irritating spray, like pepper spray, had set off the panic.

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