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ROME—Six people were killed, including five teenagers, and several others are in critical condition after someone allegedly dispersed pepper spray into a crowd of young people at an overpacked disco where the popular Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta was set to perform.

The rush to escape the venue in Corinaldo, near the coastal town of Ancona on the Adriatic Sea led to a stampede, according to local authorities. The stampede resulted in the collapse of a balustrade outside the door which was captured on disturbing video. The dead were all found near the collapsed railing.

A manslaughter investigation has been opened by the Ancona police after some witnesses said the emergency exits of the venue were locked and that the bouncers directed people to exit through the narrow front door of the building.

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