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At Least 6 Dead and Dozens Hurt After Stampede in Italian Nightclub

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At Least 6 Dead and Dozens Hurt After Stampede in Italian Nightclub

A rap concert in Corinaldo, Italy turned into tragedy after a stampede killed six and injured fifty-three people.

According to the Washington Post, authorities reported that the nightclub, Laterna Azzura, was overcrowded early Saturday evening. Video footage shows the teens rushing out of the door and falling over a low wall near the exit. Firefighters reported that the teens who died during the stampede were aged 14 to 16 and the woman who brought her eight-year-old daughter to the concert was 39-years-old.

Fifty-three people were reported injured but with 13 in very serious condition. Authorities added that the venue sold too many tickets, leading up the dangerous situation. Over 1,400 tickets were sold but the space was only able to hold 870 people.

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Popular Italian rapper Serra Ebbasta was scheduled to perform at 1:30 a.m., thirty minutes after the stampede. Premiere Guisseppe Conte added that the nightclub had three rooms but one room was used to fit 479 attendees. A witness stated that one of the concertgoers sprayed pepper spray in the air and caused panic.

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Ebbasta spoke about the incident on his Twitter page and said he felt “deeply pained” by the turn of events and showed his support towards the victims and their families. He added that it was “dangerous and stupid it is to use pepper spray in a discotheque.”

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