Six people have died in a stampede at a nightclub near Ancona in central Italy after panic erupted on the dancefloor.
“The cause may have been the dispersal of a stinging substance, the young people fled and trampled over each other.
Sadly, six people died and dozens are injured,” the fire service said in a statement on Twitter.
Local reports said around 1,000 people were in the Blue Lantern club in the town of Corinaldo on the Adriatic coast for a performance by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta.
The accident happened around 1am local time.
“We were dancing and waiting for the concert to start when we smelt this pungent odour,” a 16-year-old boy who was taken to hospital told the media.
“We ran to one of the emergency exits but we found it blocked, the bouncers told us to go back.”
Originally published as Nightclubbers die in stampede