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Report: 3 killed in stampede at night club in Hungary

By the CNN Wire Staff
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and his wife Aniko Levai light candles after Hungarian citizens and teenagers gathered in front of the West Balkan underground club in Budapest at the Nyugati square on Sunday.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and his wife Aniko Levai light candles after Hungarian citizens and teenagers gathered in front of the West Balkan underground club in Budapest at the Nyugati square on Sunday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Witnesses tell state media the music suddenly stopped and people rushed toward exits
  • Police are investigating whether the number of people inside exceeded the legal capacity
  • A district mayor says the club failed to get a permit for an event
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(CNN) -- Three women died after a stampede at a night club in Hungary's capital, state media reported.

People inside the West Balkan club rushed toward the exits when the music suddenly stopped during an event Saturday night, witnesses told Hungary's official MTI news agency.

According to MTI, event sponsor Noise Night Life said the stampede happened after someone shouted, "knifing!" But a police investigation had not turned up any evidence of a stabbing, MTI reported.

Police said they were investigating whether the number of people inside the club exceeded the legal capacity, and a district mayor said the club had failed to get a permit for the event, the news agency reported Sunday.

About 2,500 people were in the club when panic broke out, MTI said.

A statement on the club's website expressed condolences to the victims' families and said the club would be closed for three days. The club's managers told MTI that they had rented out the club to Noise Night Life for the event.