Police Confirm Fatalities After Reports of Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert

 

Police say there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. A representative said the singer was not injured.

 

There were no immediate details of what happened during the concert by the American singer at Manchester Arena, but witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars.

 

Joseph Carozza, a representative from Grande’s U.S. record label, said the singer is OK and they are investigating what happened.

 

“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.”

 

Added Oliver Jones, 17: “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.”

 

Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains canceled.

 

“Due to an incident involving the emergency services [Manchester Victoria] has been evacuated,” Northern train service officials said. “We will provide further updates when possible.”

 

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