UPDATE: Police now say they are investigating it as a possible terror attack.
At the end of the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, concert goers hear several loud explosions and there was a mad rush for the door. At least twenty people have been killed and several other wounded. The explosions took place after the last song and after Grande left the stage.
“Two loud bangs” were reported at approximately 10:45 p.m., just after the concert had finished. The cause of the blasts was not immediately confirmed.
Spokesman Joseph Carozza said Grande, who was performing at the arena as part of her “Dangerous Woman” world tour, was “okay” and added, “we are further investigating what happened.”
Witnesses described panic as concertgoers rushed to get out of the arena. Video from inside the arena showed people screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons. Some on social media initially suggested that some of the ballons had burst, making a loud noise like a bomb.
Concertgoer Sasina Akhtar told the Manchester Evening News that Grande had just finished her last song when “there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena. We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke.”
David Richardson, who attended the show with his 13-year-old daughter, told the MEN that he heard two explosions just after the show.
“It was about 40 feet behind us near one of the exits. We just thought it was people messing about then it happened again. Another explosion sounded. Then we saw the smoke. Everyone just fled.”
Majid Khan, 22, said she heard a “huge bomb-like bang that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.”