Nightclub stampede in Italy leaves six dead
A stampede at a rap event early Saturday in an Italian nightclub left five teenagers and one adult dead, and dozens injured, authorities said.
Hundreds of people were waiting to see Italian rapper, and self-proclaimed “the king of trap,” Sfera Ebbasta when someone in the club sprayed an “irritant substance” like pepper spray, which ignited a stampede, Italy’s civil protection agency advised in a statement. The dead have been identified by Luigi Di maio, a deputy prime minster, as Bendetta Vitali, 15; Emma Fabini, 14; Daniele Pongetti 16; Asia Nasoni, 14; and Eleonora Girolimini, 39.
Around 100 people were treated after the incident at the Lanterna Azzurra. Thirty-five of those 100 remained in a hospital Saturday afternoon with seven still in life-threatening condition, and five still in serious condition according to the chief of police in Ancona. Concertgoers were assisted out on the street by paramedics following the stampede.
A tweet by the local fire service indicates that the incident occurred at 1am local time:
#Corinaldo (AN) #8dic 1:00, squadre #vigilidelfuoco impegnate nel soccorso in una discoteca. Forse per la dispersione di una sostanza urticante, ragazzi fuggono per il panico calpestandosi. Sei purtroppo quelli deceduti, decine feriti pic.twitter.com/NvII0jD7oe
— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) December 8, 2018
According to CNN, as clubgoers rushed out in a panic a metal fence collapsed outside of the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in Corinaldo. “One fell on top of the other,” leading to the injuries and deaths, said Luca Cari, spokesman for firefighters in Ancona province. Sfera Ebbasta said in a post on Instagram, he was unable to express how deeply he was saddened by this tragedy. He went on to say he would cancel his promotional events over the coming days out of the respect for the dead and injured.
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Photo credit: Vigili Del Fuoco/AP