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Multiple deaths reported at Italian nightclub

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By Dennis Romero and Claudio Lavanga and Associated Press  with NBC News World News
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Emergency personnel help victims after an unknown "stinging" substance was released in a disco in Rome, Italy on December 8, 2018.   -   Copyright  @emergenzavvf

Six people were killed and as many as 60 were injured in a stampede at a nightclub on Italy's Adriatic coast Saturday, authorities said.

An Italian fire brigades official told NBC News that it is believed the stampede was the result of a panic sparked by someone using pepper spray at the venue in the town of Corinaldo.

A police official said an Italian rapper, Sfera Ebbasta, was performing at the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub Saturday night.

The dead included three girls, two boys and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the venue, police said. At least 12 people were in serious condition, police said.

A teenager told the ANSA news agency at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to flee. Authorities were investigating.