There have been reports of multiple explosions going off in the Manchester Arena at an Arian Grande concert. Police in Manchester have called this a ‘serious incident’ and have confirmed a “number of fatalities.” UPDATE: Police now say that there have been at least 20 deaths so far.
Authorities have said that more people were also injured in the explosions and warned people to stay away from Manchester Arena while they figure out what is going on. A concert by Ariana Grande was taking place at the time of the incident.
Hannah Dane, who was at the concert, told reporters that there was “quite a loud explosion heard from inside the Manchester arena and it shook, then everyone screamed and tried to get out”.
She added: “As we got outside, lots of police came racing towards the area and the whole of the Victoria train station was surrounded by police.” She said there were people “screaming and crying everywhere shouting that there’s a bomb and also people were saying there’s a shooter”.
Other witnesses had said that there were helicopters circling above the scene after reports of the blast(s). In addition, the National Rail said that all lines in and out of Manchester Victoria station were closed until the situation is figured out.
If this was an act of terrorism, it beyond sad to witness that even young people can’t go to something like an Ariana Grande concert without being worried that their lives are being targeted.