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6 dead, dozens hurt in nightclub stampede on Italy's coast

6 dead, dozens hurt in nightclub stampede on Italy's coast

A stampede at a rapper's concert in an overcrowded disco on Italy's central Adriatic coast killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, said police, who put the number of injured at 59.

Some 10 of those injured are in a serious condition, according to local media, with many suffering severe bruising or even broken bones.

The audience at rapper Sfera Ebbasta's concert at the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub ran for the exits after someone sprayed a substance similar to pepper spray, said Italian fire officials and ANSA news agency.

Three girls, two boys and a mother were killed in the panic as around 35 people were injured, Mr Capocasa said.

The ages of the victims were not immediately given and it was not yet clear how many people were inside when the stampede erupted.

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The tragedy took place around 1:00am local time. "The bouncers were getting the persons out", one unidentified witness told RAI state radio.

The Italian fire service tweeted: "The cause may have been the dispersal of a stinging substance, the young people fled and trampled over each other".

A 16-year-old boy told Ansa that fans were dancing while waiting for the start of the show when the stampede erupted.

Italian high schools are usually open on Saturdays, but schools were closed this weekend for the December 8 national holiday of the Immaculate Conception.