At least 6 killed and dozens wounded after nightclub stampede in Italy

Emergency personnel attend to victims of a stampede at a nightclub in Corinaldo near Ancona Italy in this handout

Emergency personnel attend to victims of a stampede at a nightclub in Corinaldo near Ancona Italy in this handout

Some reports say there was panic after pepper spray was sacked inside the club in the town of Corinaldo.

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.

The stampede happened early Saturday morning at the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in the central Italy town of Corinaldo, which is about 88 miles (141 km) east of Florence, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Carabinieri paramilitary police Col. Cristian Carrozza said the dead teenagers' ages ranged from 14 to 16 and the woman was 39.

Thirteen of the injured were in serious condition, and some 40 others less seriously injured, Poggiali said.

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

Ancona Chief Prosecutor Monica Garulli told reporters at the scene: "The number of tickets sold is about 1,400, compared to a capacity of about 870" people.

"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. According to Associated Press, one of the survivors said that some of the emergency exits were locked when the attendees tried to escape the building. 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.

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