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An explosion rocked a concert venue in Manchester, England, leaving several dead and authorities still trying to work out what has taken place.
There is still no word on whether this was a terrorist attack or simply an unfortunate turn of events.
Conflicting reports from Manchester arena. Everything from bombs, to a huge balloon prop bursting. Emergency services on scene.
— Jake (@Jake_afcb) May 22, 2017
There are a number of confirmed deaths at Manchester Arena following a reported explosion at an Ariana Grande concert, police have said.
Twitter users reported thousands of concert goers fled the arena covered in blood and crying, although it is not immediately clear what the reported “loud bangs” were.
Eyewitnesses said the explosion sounds were heard after the artist had finished her show and left the stage, with people claiming on social media they believed the bangs were a “bomb” or possibly gunshots.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭 pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE
— hannah 🐝 (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017
Just got out of Manchester arena after seeing Ariana perform. There was a loud bang when the lights came on & everyone ran out screaming 😩
— Riona🌐 (@SmileFor__Niall) May 22, 2017
Eyewitness Josh Elliot told the BBC he had seen a “guy covered in blood”.
He said: “There was also a woman outside who looked like she had been hurt, she was on the floor.”
He added: “I think what the injuries have come from is people trying to get out as quickly as possible.”
He said that “massive” balloons had come down into the arena during one of Grande’s songs.
“My initial reaction was for me and my friends to get on the floor,” he said. “I thought it was probably just a balloon, but at the same time in situations like this you just don’t know what it is and it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
The police and emergency services are on the scene and aid is being delivered to affected concert-goers.
Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
The area around the concert venue is currently in chaos and local rail station had been closed as a precaution against further possible attacks.
People receiving medical treatment outside Manchester Arena but area doesn't seem to be evacuated which has to be a good sign pic.twitter.com/JT5nadDzo5
— Will 🐝 (@WillMcHoebag) May 22, 2017
In England it seems that the local politicians have already been informed that an attack has taken place. Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, has already spoken out in condemnation of the attack.
Tim Farron already commenting on Manchester explosion – "a shocking and horrific attack targeting children". No confirmation of this yet.
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) May 22, 2017
Not sure if it’s too soon to call this an attack, but as of yet neither the police nor the media are ready to speak of it as such.
We’ll keep you posted as updates roll in.
The media is now reporting that the local authorities suspect that a suicide bomber was the cause of the explosion and the ensuing panic.
At least 19 people were killed and about 50 others were injured in a suspected suicide bombing Monday night after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England, authorities said.
Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017
The hospital has said that the wounds being treated are reminiscent of a bomb that had been filled with nails.
BREAKING: Sources from Manchester hospitals say they're receiving patients with injuries compatible with a nail bomb pic.twitter.com/HEQnZDbTkY
— Rob S (@RobPulseNews) May 23, 2017
Also, authorities are still unclear as to how many “devices” may have detonated in the initial blast with some reports that there were two explosions, and new reports that a second device had been found and would soon be destroyed by the authorities.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 23, 2017