People Dead & Injured At Ariana Grande Concert
Very sad news. Reportedly, 19 people have died and around 50 others were injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England. In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area. At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”
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Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.
Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC,
The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound, which sounded like an explosion went off.
Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing.
A rep for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.
Further details were not immediately available.