— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 22, 2017
Bomb disposal units have arrived at the ‘active crime scene’ at Manchester Arena. Latest update on the reported ‘explosion’ pic.twitter.com/yVqIT69TZz
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 22, 2017
There are a number of confirmed deaths at Manchester Arena following a reported explosion at an Ariana Grande concert, police have said.
Twitter users reported thousands of concert goers fled the arena covered in blood and crying, although it is not immediately clear what the reported “loud bangs” were.
The noises were heard towards the end of the show, with witnesses claiming on social media they believed the bangs were a “gun shot” or a “bomb”.
A concert-goer named Josh told the BBC there was huge panic and confusion as people tried to flee the arena, with some people suggesting a stampede might have caused injury and death as people tried to flee.
“She finished her last song .. and we heard like a really basey bang, and all I can remember is just everyone … was just running out… people were covered in blood, some people were having a fight, it was quite scary.”
One tweet from a writer said: “A friend works in A&E – huge balloons filled with gas popped and there was a stampede because everyone thought it was a bomb!”
One fan leaving the concert described how the loud bangs resonated as fans were leaving the venue, which has a capacity of 21,000. It is not known how many people were attending the concert, but the majority of the American pop star’s fans are young people in their teens and twenties.
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