Greater Manchester Police have confirmed fatalities after a ‘serious incident’ at Manchester Arena after reports of a ‘huge explosion’.
The incident occurred as Ariana Grande fans began to leave the venue after the concert had ended.
If anyone sees anything on the news we are safe. Huge explosion in Manchester arena have no idea what's happened but are out now
— Joseph-Patrick (@JoeMcElhone_) May 22, 2017
What the fuck just happened in manchester arena?! Explosion everyone has run out, blood and smoke
— Nikki (@LilNikkiLoo) May 22, 2017
Two loud bangs heard around Manchester arena. People running out of the arena. No idea what's going on pic.twitter.com/KaRzQckvEE
— Alan Brennan (@alan_brennan92) May 22, 2017
Police have released few details on the matter, but have urged for people to stay away from the venue.
UNILAD spoke to a number of fans who were there at the time of the reported explosion.
Sebastian Diaz, 19, said:
Just finished and about to leave into the foyer and there was a massive bang, people stood still and panicked. We were going to go back but we got trapped and sprinted out. People didn’t know where to go and loads of young girls were crying.
— Boo 🐾 🌷 (@P4tR10tBoo) May 22, 2017
Toby Main, 20, added:
We were walking out and there was a big explosion and next thing everyone was running and no one knows what it was.
There were kids crying everywhere.
Adam McKay, 25, described the chaos that followed the loud bang:
There were people covered in blood.
There was a little girl by herself and I helped find her parents. Really bad sights. Just didn’t expect it.
There is currently a large number of police vehicles and ambulances at the venue.
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