A pungent odor in a heavily packed nightclub in Italy set everyone panicking and when a walkway leading out of the nightclub collapsed, it caused dozens of people to fall into a trench below.
The local fire brigade said someone might have sprayed a substance like pepper spray or ammonia-based substance into the crowd, thus triggering a panicked rush to the emergency exits.
Six people, including five young teenagers, were crushed to death at the Ancona on Italy’s Adriatic coast, officials said.
Three girls, two boys, and a mother aged 39 who had accompanied her child to the event died in the crush. Police said the teenagers were aged between 14 and 16.
More than 100 out of 1000 people were injured, 13 of them in serious condition, officials said. The radio report said most of the fatalities had suffered crushed skulls. Since this was a long weekend and the performer Sfera Ebbasta was popular amongst teenagers the club took on more than they could handle.
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who also serves as interior minister said :
“From the initial investigation we have verified that more tickets were sold than the place could hold” in terms of capacity, Col. Cristian Corrazza, commander of Ancona province’s paramilitary police, was quoted as saying by the Italian news agency ANSA.
“People cannot die like this,” Salvini said in a statement.
“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.