News is now rolling in that there has been some sort of an attack at Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena in England. And there are fatalities.
Ariana Grande was performing at the arena as part of her Dangerous Woman Tour and she had just finished her set when the explosion happened.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed the incident in a Facebook post, stating, “Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please AVOID the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene. Details of a casualty bureau will follow as soon as available.”
Several Twitter users who were at the scene or near the Manchester Arena vicinity have also taken to their respective accounts to share updates of the situation. There’s no doubt that it is chaotic.
— Rhianna burke (@RhiannaBurke) May 22, 2017
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY? pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE
— ♡♡ (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017
Scene outside Manchester Arena. pic.twitter.com/x9uOXum17GADVERTISEMENT
— Will ? (@WillMcHoebag) May 22, 2017
— Teen Network (@iaam) May 22, 2017
— Lucy♌ (@ArianaKissYou) May 22, 2017
Large amount of ambulances heading to Manchester Arena Following Reports of Two Explosions pic.twitter.com/VoFmIGrV7B
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 22, 2017
According to the Greater Manchester Police, 19 people have died, with around 50 others injured. As at time of writing, the exact number of fatalities and casualties is not known.
The Manchester Arena has since been evacuated following the explosion. However, relatives and friends of concert attendees have taken to social media (#DWTManchester on Twitter) to put up missing person notices.
Meanwhile, a representative for Ariana Grande and her crew has confirmed that they’re safe and sound. BIA, who was also performing at the same venue, assured fans via a tweet that she’s okay.
UPDATE (23rd May, 2:55pm):
According to Greater Manchester Police’s latest Twitter update, the death toll from the Manchester Arena attack now stands at 22, while 59 people have been injured. AFP confirmed that the attacker died detonating the device although there’s no mention of the type of device that was used in the attack.
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande has finally broken her silence:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
TMZ reports that the pop star has suspended her Dangerous Woman Tour indefinitely in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack. She will not be performing in London on Thursday (25th May) and has decided for now to put the entire European tour on hold. She was originally scheduled to perform in England, Belgium, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland.
More to come.