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

CORINALDO, Italy — At least six people are dead and dozens wounded following a stampede at an Italian nightclub, the country’s Civil Protection Agency said.

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.

The nightclub was hosting a concert by Sfera Ebbasta, a popular Italian rapper who is among the most popular musical acts in the country.

Five of the victims were minors and the sixth victim was the mother of one of them, ANSA reported.

At least 35 others were injured in the incident, the news agency said.

It appears that the panic began when someone in the club sprayed a “irritant substance,” the civil protection agency tweeted.

Numerous paramedics were seen treating concertgoers on the street following the stampede.