Greater Manchester Police have confirmed a “number of fatalities” and injuries following a “serious incident” at an arena where an Ariana Grande concert was being held.
A large number of ambulances and police vehicles are at the scene following a number of unconfirmed reports of explosion-like noises. However, no reports of an explosion have yet been officially confirmed.
Several concert-goers reported hearing loud bangs which some have speculated may have been from the popping of large gas-filled balloons.
The panicked crowd were filmed fleeing the arena following the bangs. Greater Manchester Police responded to the scene, calling it a “serious incident” and has advised people to stay away from the area.
Loud sirens can be heard throughout Manchester and a heavy presence of police and emergency vehicles are in the area.
Concert goers were filmed fleeing the area following what witnesses described as a loud bang.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were responding to reports of an “incident” and advised people to stay away from the precinct.
Manchester Metrolink announced that no services would be running at the nearby Victoria Station due to an “ongoing police incident”.
“Emergency services are dealing with an incident near Manchester Victoria, resulting in all lines being closed,” National Rail said in a statement. “Trains are currently unable to run to/from Manchester Victoria. Some trains will be canceled throughout or start/terminate at alternative stations.”
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 22, 2017
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
Ambulance crews make their way to Manchester Arena after major incident. Several injuries being treated and police cordon in place. pic.twitter.com/jnNETqfJcM
— Darryl Morris (@darrylmorris) May 22, 2017