Blue Lantern prints: At least 6 killed, dozens injured at Italian nightclub, official say - CBS News

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          Updated Dec 8, 2018 2:12 AM EST

ROME – Center of the coast in the middle of the Adriatic coast, authorities said Six people, all but one of them minors, were killed and injured. A teenage survivor told ANSA that when he tried to flee.

Ancona, Chief of Police Officer Oreste Capocasa said, "The dead three girls and an adult woman, a mother who had accompanied her daughter to the disco in Corinaldo, near Ancona, where a rapper was set to perform.

The club was hosting a concert by Sfera Ebbasta, one of the best known Italian rappers, and up to 1,000 people were thought to be inside, BBC News reports. The Blue Lantern club was packed at the time and many injured suffered crushing wounds.

Ancona, Firefighters Cmdr. The bodies of the trampled victims were found near a low wall inside the disco. Dino Poggiali told Sky TG24 News.

Asked about survivors, Poggiali said that it was too early in the investigation to know if any safety violations might have played a role. He said that when they arrived, all the doors were open.

He said he had set off the panic.

Poggiali said 40 others less seriously injured. Some of those with minor injuries were treated and released from a hospital, he said. Poggiali said. Firefighters had been concentrating on the road outside the club, before starting their investigation.

The Italian news agency ANSA said the audience at the Italian rapper Sphere Ebbasta's concert at the Blue Lantern nightclub panicked and ran for the exits after someone sprayed a substance similar to pepper spray.

"It was a mess." The bouncers were getting the persons out, "one unidentified witness told RAI radio. "I went out the main door" People fell, one after the other, on top of each other. "Absurd."

A 16-year-old boy told ANSA that disco patrons were dancing while awaiting the start of the concert when the stampede erupted. The boy, who was being treated at a hospital, said that at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to flee.

Authorities did not say how they were, but RAI were radio said the deceased mother was 40, and that about 1,000 people were inside when the stampede began.

Carabinieri paramilitary police were investigating the cause, in addition to fire officials.

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