Italian nightclub stampede leaves six dead, dozens injured

13 of those injured are in a serious condition

13 of those injured are in a serious condition

The deaths occurred when a walkway leading out of the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in the town of Corinaldo collapsed, causing dozens of people to fall into a trench below.

In this frame taken from video rescuers assist injured people outside a nightclub in Italy where st least six people were killed in a stampede of panicked concertgoers.

One of dead was a mother of a teenager.

Ancona police chief Oreste Capocasa said about 50 people were injured, 12 seriously.

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

It appears that the panic began when someone in the club sprayed a "irritant substance", the civil protection agency tweeted. Minister Salvini said there possibly was a "stink" of something that could have been ammonia or another substance.

The Ancona public prosecutor and police are trying to establish how many people were in the venue at the time of the stampede, with media reporting many more people inside than the authorised maximum of 871.

Fire commander Poggiali said it was too early in the investigation to know if any safety violations might have played a role.

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.

He said he did not have confirmation from survivors that the use of an irritating spray, like pepper spray, had set off the panic. That could have made it more likely that young teenagers were at the disco in the wee hours.

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