Six killed, 12 injured in stampede at Italian nightclub: firefighters

Six dead and dozens hurt in nightclub stampede in Italy

Six people were killed and around 35 injured in a stampede at a night club in Italy's Corinaldo near the coastal city of Ancona on Saturday, reported AFP.

Panicked revellers tried to flee a rap concert after someone sprayed pepper spray into the crowd.

The report said authorities were investigating if emergency exits were working.

Ancona police chief Oreste Capocasa said about 50 people were injured, 12 seriously.

An Italian rapper was be performing on stage at the Lanterna Azzura nightclub in Corinaldo before sprayed a "noxious substance" similar to pepper spray ate around 12am GMT (1am local time).

Some of those with minor injuries were treated and released from a hospital, he said.

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Firefighters had concentrated on giving first aid to survivors, stretched out on the road outside the club, before starting their investigation, he said.

"It was a mess".

The ages of the victims have not yet been given.

"We ran to one of the emergency exits but we found it blocked, the bouncers told us to go back".

A 16-year-old boy told Ansa that fans were dancing while waiting for the start of the show when the stampede erupted.

"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.

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