6 dead, dozens hurt in club stampede in Italy

6 dead, dozens hurt in club stampede in Italy

A stampede of panicked concertgoers, many of them teenagers, at a disco on Italy's central Adriatic coast has killed six people, all but one of them minors, and injured some 59 others, authorities say.

Thirteen of the injured were in serious condition, and some 40 others less seriously injured, Poggiali said. But Salvini said initial investigation "appears to knock down that possibility".

The incident occurred during a concert by an Italian rapper, Sfera Ebbasta, police said. Dino Poggiali had earlier told Sky TG24 News.

A video filmed outside the club shows one of the barriers collapsing and several people falling, as the massive crowd is struggling to pass through the emergency exit.

Five teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the concert were killed, said Luigi Di Maio, a deputy prime minister.

"Close down the place, convict someone. Wake up Mattia, I beg you", one unnamed woman cried as she knelt by her son's body, the paper said.

Authorities said organizers had sold far too many tickets for the space.

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Later, Premier Giuseppe Conte, who visited the scene of the tragedy, said the disco had three rooms but inexplicably only used one of them, with a capacity of 469 people, for the concert. "It was way overcrowded and alcohol abounded".

The injured have been taken to hospitals in Senigallia and Ancona.

An 18-year-old survivor, who left the hospital in a wheelchair due to a leg injury, was asked by RAINew24 about the spray.

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".

Sfera Ebbasta is the stage name of 26-year-old Gionata Boschetti.

He said he would cancel his promotional events over the coming days out of respect for the dead and injured.

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