6 dead, dozens hurt in club stampede in Italy

Lamar Ellis
December 8, 2018

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. Dino Poggiali told Sky TG24 News.

This handout picture taken and released by Italian fire and rescue service shows emergency personnel treating victims after the stampede in Corinaldo.

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

Fourteen of the injured were in serious condition, and 40 others less seriously injured, Mr Poggiali 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. Authorities said the organizers had sold far too many tickets for the space utilized. Another eyewitness said a wall inside the club had collapsed in the melee.

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While prosecutors investigate, "the government must ask itself what to so that such tragedies must never happen again", Conte told reporters.

State radio said most of the fatalities had suffered crushed skulls. The Lanterna Azzurra club was packed at the time and numerous injured suffered crushing wounds.

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

"I don't want to pass judgement on who is responsible, but I would just like to ask everyone to stop and think how unsafe and stupid it can be to use pepper spray in a nightclub", he said, cancelling all his upcoming promotional events. He said that when rescuers arrived, all the doors were open.

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