Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Stars react to reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert

Ambulances were seen rushing to the Manchester Arena venue and police added in an earlier statement that people should avoid the area.

He's told the BBC panic then erupted as families rushed to find loved ones amid the chaos. "I don't know how I survived".

The arena released the following official statement: "Emergency services are at the scene and we are working to establish more information regarding the explosion and will provide further updates as soon as possible".

British Transport Police said the blast occurred "within the foyer area of the stadium" and the venue said it was "outside the venue in a public space".

Greater Manchester police confirmed that 19 people were killed in the explosion just before 10:35 p.m. local time.

Late Friday, Grande tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words". He said there was smoke in a main corridor outside the arena seating and stage area.

Videos posted on social media depicted a chaotic scene as concert-goers fled the arena, screaming.

The 21,000-seat venue had been sold out. "It was terrifying", one concertgoer told the Daily Mail. Police are trying to determine if the person acted alone or had support in the Monday night blast. Some are saying they heard one explosion just after Ariane Grande finished her last song, others are saying they heard two explosions at the conclusion of the show.

"The whole place shook".

Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters: "We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming".

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"It's really sad, I've been watching the news all morning and it's really unusual to see these places you know so well on the news".

Sources told the BBC that counter terrorism teams are en route to the scene of the massacre.

There were similar posts from ISIS supporters online following an attack near parliament in London's Westminster in March (the group later claimed responsibility for it).

Delgago said: "There were people on the floor ..."

Closer to the arena, dozens of people could be seen streaming away in confusion, unsure what they were running from. "I just saw running and it was just instinct to run with them". Calvin Welsford, 18, from Bristol told the BBC: "It nearly sounded like a gunshot".

"You don't think it's something that's going to happen when you was such a nice, fun concert".

Many of those attending the concert were teenagers. Most of the injuries were "shrapnel-like" - consistent with a bomb.

Rapper Bia, whose name is Bianca Landrau, talked to Billboard in March about opening on tour for Grande.

Through tears, Campbell said she didn't know how anyone could do this to "innocent children".

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