At least nineteen people were killed and about 50 injured after an ‘explosion’ at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom on Tuesday morning. According to a statement released by the Greater Manchester Police, the incident is currently being treated as a ‘terrorist incident’.
The management of Manchester Arena, where the Ariana Grande’s concert was held, has released a statement confirming an incident during the show on Monday night. “The incident took place outside the venue outside the venue in a public space,” the management said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.” Over one million people visit the arena annually.
Police carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect device several hours after the blast.
A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building. A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, running from the venue.
“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” concert-goer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.
“It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”
A spokesman for Ariana Grande, 23, said the singer was “okay”.
Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.