|Date||8 December 2018|
|Location||Corinaldo, Marche, Italy|
|Cause||Pepper spray induced mass panic attack|
At the time of the stampede, there was a rap concert headlined by Sfera Ebbasta at the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub. The stampede began at around 1:00 a.m., supposedly after someone sprayed an "irritant substance" into the crowd. At some point during the stampede, a metal fence collapsed outside the nightclub, causing people to fall over on top of one another, leading to multiple deaths and injuries.
According to investigators and state radio, there were about 1,400 people inside at the time, even though the nightclub's maximum capacity was of 469. Approximately 600 tickets were scanned for entry, leaving it unclear whether hundreds of others had sneaked into the nightclub.
There were multiple reports that the stampede was triggered by someone in the club spraying an "irritant substance". Investigators scouring the building announced the discovery of a pepper spray can on 9 December, but did not confirm if it was responsible for triggering a stampede. On 10 December, police announced the arrest of a 16-year-old boy and gang member who was suspected of setting off pepper spray in the nightclub while trying to steal a gold necklace from a female concertgoer. Seven adults, including the club owners and concert organisers, were also held under investigation in relation to the stampede.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called for safety codes of public places to be rigorously investigated. Following this statement, two other nightclubs in Italy were shut down because of overcrowding. Sfera Ebbasta, the headliner for the concert, said in an Instagram post that he was saddened by the fatal stampede and announced his intent to suspend promotional events for the time being.
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