Italy nightclub stampede leaves six dead near Ancona

Emergency workers attend to some of the victims outside the nightclub in Corinaldo in central Italy

Emergency workers attend to some of the victims outside the nightclub in Corinaldo in central Italy

About 35 other people were injured, 12 of whom were in serious condition, Mr Capocasa said.

Carabinieri paramilitary police Col. Cristian Carrozza said the dead teenagers' ages ranged from 14 to 16 and the woman was 39. Dino Poggiali had earlier told Sky TG24 News. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside when the stampede erupted or the club's maximum capacity.

It's reported patrons tried to quickly leave the disco after someone sprayed a stinging substance
It's reported patrons tried to quickly leave the disco after someone sprayed a stinging substance

The radio report said most of the fatalities had suffered crushed skulls.

The Lanterna Azzurra club was packed when, some local reports suggest, pepper spray was sacked inside the club in Corinaldo.

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The Italian news agency ANSA earlier had reported that someone had sprayed an irritant, which triggered the panic.

Italian fire officials said concertgoers at a nightclub in the town of Corinaldo, on the Adriatic Sea, panicked and ran for the exits after someone sprayed a noxious substance.

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"We ran to one of the emergency exits but we found it blocked, the bouncers told us to go back". Another eyewitness said a wall inside the club had collapsed in the melee. Minister Salvini said there possibly was a "stink" of something that could have been ammonia or another substance.

"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.

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Three girls, two boys and a mother who had accompanied her child to the event, died in the incident.

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