Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

At least six killed in Italy nightclub stampede

Fire officials said six people were killed as people tried to flee the venue Image Fire officials said six people were killed as people tried to flee the venue
Deanna Wagner | 08 December, 2018, 16:10

The victims died after panic erupted on the dancefloor inside the Lanterna Azzurra (Blue Lantern) nightclub according to firefighters who were called to the scene in a small town on Italy's central Adriatic coast.

Six people died and dozens were injured in a stampede when panic broke out during a rap concert at an Italian nightclub Saturday morning, the fire service said.

One of dead was a mother of a teenager.

Twelve of the injured were in a serious condition, Mr Capocasa said.

This comes as 1,500 people were injured in Turin after a firecracker sparked a stampede at a screening of the Champions League final in June past year.

Around 1,000 revellers are believed to have been in the club.

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The victims include five people under the age of 18 - three girls and two boys - and an adult woman who accompanied her daughter to the concert. People fell, one after the other, on top of each other.

At least 35 others were injured in the incident, the news agency said.

Some survivors were quoted by Italian media as saying at least one fire exit was blocked when concertgoers tried to get out.

"People can not die like this", said Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who also serves as interior minister. But Salvini said initial investigation "appears to knock down that possibility". It wasn't immediately clear if that happened because of the stampede or was a cause of the stampede.

He said that when rescuers arrived, all the doors of the discos were open.

"We will find those responsible for these six broken lives, those who out of malice, stupidity or greed have turned a party night into a tragedy", he added in a statement.