Deadly stampede caused by pepper spray?

Six people have been killed and dozens have been injured, 12 of them seriously, in a stampede at a nightclub in Italy.

Witnesses have reported that a teenage boy sprayed an irritating substance leading to the mad rush by the crowd to flee the area. Police have confirmed that a pepper spray can has been found at the scene, and are speaking to witnesses to ascertain more about the incident.

Since the incident Italian media has reported that a 16-year-old boy had been identified as the sprayer and would be questioned by juvenile court officials.

Five teens, all juveniles, and a woman who had accompanied her 11-year-old daughter to the concert died in the crush of fleeing concertgoers who toppled over a railing atop a cement ramp outside an exit. The railing gave way, sending young people tumbling over it and landing atop of each other in the area below the ramp, about 5 feet below.

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