Italian nightclub stampede leaves six dead, dozens injured

Italian nightclub stampede leaves six dead, dozens injured

At least six people died and dozens were hurt during a stampede of panicked concertgoers, many of them young teenagers, at a disco on Italy's central Adriatic coast early Saturday, authorities said.

More than 100 other people were injured, 13 of them seriously.

In a video broadcasted by an Italian State news agency, teenagers were seen rushing out of a door and moving toward a low wall near the exit of the Lanterna Azzurra, or Blue Lantern Disco in the town of Corinaldo in central Italy.

The incident occurred during a concert by an Italian rapper, Sfera Ebbasta, police said.

The nightclub was hosting a concert by Sfera Ebbasta, a popular Italian rapper who is among the most popular musical acts in the country.

Paramilitary police are investigating the cause, in addition to fire officials.

ANSA earlier had reported that someone had sprayed an irritant, which triggered the panic. He said when rescue workers arrived, all the doors to the disco were open. Ancona Chief Prosecutor Monica Garulli told reporters that about 1,400 tickets were sold but the disco was only able to hold about 870 people.

The boy, who was being treated at a hospital, said at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to flee.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella promised to work tirelessly to determine "any responsibility and negligence". "Therefore, safety must be assured with particular care in crowded meeting places, through rigorous controls", Mattarella said in a statement.

"You can't die like this at 15", said far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, promising to "find those responsible for these six broken lives, those who through wickedness, stupidity or greed turned a festive evening into a tragedy".

"There are unfortunately those who died, dozens injured".

Teenagers were out due to the Immaculate Conception holiday in Italy in which high schools are closed.