Police: 19 Confirmed Dead After Explosion At Ariana Grande Concert In Manchester
Update: BBC News is now reporting that officers have said there is “a second suspect device near where the first explosion occurred.”
Police have confirmed that at least 19 people are dead and roughly 50 more are injured after an explosion went off at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Though people initially thought the sound could have come from pink balloons that dropped during the final song, British Police said: “This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”
Witnesses said there was a loud blast Manchester Arena Monday night, which seats up to 21,000 people and is the largest indoor arena in Europe, before people panicked and started running. The venue sits on top of the Manchester Victoria transit station.
“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” one concertgoer told Reuters. “It was a huge explosion — you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”
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A spokesman for the 23-year-old pop singer has confirmed that she is “okay.”
“Ariana is okay,” the representative said. “We are further investigating what happened.”