19 Dead After Explosions at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England

The Singer is Unharmed, But Around 50 Others Are Hurt

May 22, 2017
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Two explosions went off in foyer at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England tonight right after Ariana Grande finished her concert. The BBC are reporting that 19 are confirmed dead, with around another 50 injured. Grande is reportedly unharmed, according to Billboard. While the source of the explosions has not been determined, North West Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating it as a potential terrorist attack. The death toll could rise into the double digits and Greater Manchester Police are urging people to stay away from the area. Nearby Manchester Victoria train station has been closed and all trains cancelled. The police responded at 10:35 PM local time. Many of the attendees were children and teenagers. Below are statements from Greater Manchester Police and various social media posts of the chaos that followed the explosions.

Andy Holey, who had gone to the arena to pick up his wife and daughter, described his perspective on the incident to the BBC's Tim Ashburn: "As I was waiting, an explosion went off and it threw me about 30 feet from one set of doors to the other set of doors. When I got up I saw bodies lying on the ground. My first thought was to go into the Arena to try to find my family. When I couldn't find them, I went outside with the police and fire and looked through some of the bodies to try and find my wife and daughter. I managed to find them eventually and they're OK. It was definitely an explosion and it was some force. It happened near the box office at the entrance to the Arena."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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